Marvel's Black Panther gets an A+ CinemaScore. As the MCU's 18th film installment, the movie reunites fans with T'Challa after the events of Captain America: Civil War as he is officially crowned as the King and protector of the African nation of Wakanda. But before he settles in and learns the ropes of being the tech-advanced country's leader, he finds himself in a difficult position after mistakes of the past come back to haunt him.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film boasts a stellar cast of acting veterans like Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett to new superstars like Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B. Jordan. More importantly, the film has spawned similar conversations about proper representation in Hollywood just like Wonder Woman did last summer, only this time, it's about proper racial and cultural appropriation. Box office numbers for the film are impressive so far with a total Thursday night screening haul of $25 million; the movie is on track to pocket a 3-day opening of $185 million, with a total of $210 million over the 4-day weekend.
With Black Panther now out in North America, CinemaScore has unveiled the film's official rate with an impressive A+ grade, meaning that it was generally good. What makes the site different from other review-aggregate websites is that it focuses on the opinions of moviegoers who have watched the movie. They have stationed polls in various theaters who immediately ask people what they thought about the film using an A+ to F grading scheme. The data collected is then processed and released weekly. This procedure ensures that only those who have seen the movie have a say on how it actually was making their scores more attuned to the mass audience's opinion of a title.
Black Panther reviews are refreshing to see considering that the last two blockbusters - Justice League and Star Wars: The Last Jedi - have had divisive opinions from critics and audiences alike. The Warner Bros. blockbuster released in November and was well-liked by the general viewing audience, but it didn't impress critics. Meanwhile, the latest installment from the famed space opera was hailed by critics but failed to wow fans. Cross-checking Black Panther's CinemaScore with what official critics reviews are saying in their reviews, plus its Rotten Tomatoes rating, and it's safe to say that everyone's loved the movie.
In terms of Marvel's track record, Black Panther is the 14th consecutive film from the MCU nabbing either an A or A+ CinemaScore, which is a testament of the studio's commitment to deliver a generally positive moviegoing experience every time. While their projects aren't perfect and have a formulaic format, they usually make up for it with compelling characters and good action set pieces. As for the genre, the Ryan Coogler-directed blockbuster is only the second superhero flick to nab an A+ rating, the other one being 2012's The Avengers.
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