Fans at a theater in Atlanta, Georgia were baffled when Fifty Shades Freed started playing instead of Black Panther. The two films couldn’t be any more different. While the former is the final chapter in the romantic/erotic Fifty Shades trilogy inspired by a series of novels that started as a Twilight fanfiction, the latter is a superhero film from Marvel Studios that follows T’Challa as he formally becomes the king and protector of Wakanda.
Anticipation for Black Panther has been intense and is only fueled by critics’ rave reviews for the newest Marvel blockbuster. Countless fans lined up to catch the first wide screening of the blockbuster on Thursday night, some even making it an event by bringing their whole family and friends. There are some, however, who had to wait a bit longer to finally catch the Ryan Coogler-directed film, after a small misunderstanding in the theater they went to showed the wrong movie.
Twitter user The Chef (Steve) uploaded footage from his screening of Black Panther Thursday night at Regal’s Atlantic Station location, where the theaters played Fifty Shades Freed by accident. The packed theater had to sit through 10-minutes of the Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson-led film before the management was able to rectify the situation. Fortunately, people at the theater didn’t take the mistake too seriously. As seen in the clip, many of them were laughing at the situation, including the poster of the video. Check out the hilarious tweet below:
Aiight so this happened at Atlantic Station. They played 50 shades instead of black panther pic.twitter.com/5WhvX270Y5
— The Chef (Steve) (@ChefWaites) February 16, 2018
Black Panther is already a hit after grossing over $25 million in Thursday preview screenings alone, surpassing the Thursday opening for even 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. This puts the film on track to nab a 3-day opening of $185 million with a total 4-day President’s Day weekend haul of $210 million, having already shattered ticket pre-sale records. The question now is if the movie will have legs to maintain its box office performance over the next few week. That won’t be that be difficult, given that there won’t be any major competition until A Wrinkle In Time rolls out on March 9.
Good word of mouth will only help the movie’s performance at the box office. Black Panther is already one of the highest rated superhero films on Rotten Tomatoes and, despite clocking in at two hours and 15 minutes, never drags thanks to its majestic visuals, cool action set pieces, and the cast’s riveting performance – meaning, it’s a very re-watchable movie. Beyond its earnings, Black Panther is expected to have a significant effect on racial awareness and proper cultural representation in Hollywood, similar to the social impact of DC’s Wonder Woman.
Source: The Chef (Steve)
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