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#WakandaForever: Director Ryan Coogler Writes Heartfelt Letter To 'Black Panther' Supporters After A Record Breaking Weekend

"Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong."

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'Black Panther' brought in a record $242 million during its opening weekend. The movie has received rave reviews, and the latest addition to the Marvel cinematic collection has proved to be nothing short of amazing.

The overwhelming support for the movie did not go unnoticed by director Ryan Coogler. In fact, the sentiments actually "brought him to tears."

In an emotional open letter, the 31-year-old director expresses his gratitude for everyone who saw the movie. 


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"I am struggling to find the words to express my gratitude at this moment, but I will try.

Filmmaking is a team sport. And our team was made up [of] amazing people from all over the world who believed in this story. Deep down we all hoped that people would come to see a film about a fictional country on the continent of Africa, made up of a cast of people of African descent.

Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong. It still humbles me to think that people care enough to spend their money and time watching our film- But to see people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theaters– often moved me and my wife to tears.

For the people who bought out theaters, who posted on social about how lit the film would be, bragged about our awesome cast, picked out outfits to wear, and who stood in line in theaters all over the world– all before seeing the film…

To the press who wrote about the film for folks who hadn’t yet seen it, and encouraged audiences to come out…

And to the young ones, who came out with their parents, with their mentors, and with their friends…

Thank you for giving our team of filmmakers the greatest gift: The opportunity to share this film, that we poured our hearts and souls into, with you.


Ryan Coogler

P.S. Wakanda Forever" 

'Black Panther' stars Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan and Angela Bassett. The movie follows the life of T'Challa, king of the fictional uncolonized African country Wakanda.

If you haven't seen the movie yet, what are you waiting for? 

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