It’s safe to say that Black Panther is an astronomical hit. Smashing records in its opening weekend, the Marvel flick grossed more than $427 million worldwide and now holds the title as the fifth-highest opening for a film ever. The action movie, starring Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Angela Bassett, is a long overdue addition to the superhero genre and has everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Ryan Reynolds singing its praises.
Will Smith posted a video on Instagram in which he applauded the cast for shattering “long-time, long-held, false Hollywood beliefs and paradigms.” He added: “I watched the film a couple of days ago and damn near got brought to tears. I’m proud, I’m excited, damn near giddy. Congrats y’all!” Former First Lady Michelle Obama was equally moved, writing on Twitter, “I loved this movie and I know it will inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find the courage to be heroes of their own stories.”
I want to share something that Nelson Mandela said to me. . He said, “With the type of fame that you have attained it is important when you encounter your fans that you — Reach Your Hand Out and let them Feel Your Flesh. You have to prove to them that you are REAL — because people can not aspire to anything they do not believe is Real.” . So I say to you, Congratulations! Enjoy this Transcendent Moment. Go into the streets... Touch them... Let them know that you are real! . @chadwickboseman, @michaelbjordan @lupitanyongo @letitiawright @danaigurira @danielkaluuya @im.angelabassett @andyserkis @winstoncduke @sterlingkbrown @rmorrison @therealstanlee @ludwiggoransson @iamruthecarter #blackpanther . With Pure Delight WILL :-)
Fellow members of the Marvel family have also expressed their delight with the flick, including Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth. “Just saw @theblackpanther last night, wow wow wow, blown away, get out and see it if you haven’t already!! Congrats to all involved, epic work,” wrote the actor on Twitter.
— Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) 21 February 2018
Here are just a few examples of how the stars have reacted to the biggest movie of 2018 so far…
Congrats to the entire #blackpanther team! Because of you, young people will finally see superheroes that look like them on the big screen. I loved this movie and I know it will inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find the courage to be heroes of their own stories.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) 19 February 2018
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) 17 February 2018
Just saw it with Stedman. It’s Phenomenal!! Layers and layers of it. Wakunda ForEveeeerrrr! #BlackPanther
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) 18 February 2018
Deeply moving. Gorgeously executed. Joyously fun. #BlackPanther is everything
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) 18 February 2018
One of the best things you can do for yourself and/or the ones you love is purchase some #BlackPanther tix. I know it’s expensive to go to the theater, but its worth it for this one. You will exit forever impacted.
— Brie Larson (@brielarson) 16 February 2018
I was blessed to see black panther the movie so amazing !! I will be watching for like 10 years straight
— DJ KHALED (@djkhaled) 13 February 2018
THE HYPE IS REAL!! Woke up thinking about #BlackPanther It’s like a Bond movie meets Shakespearean tragedy. Great action. Stunning visuals. Exceptional performances all around. Thought provoking AND Funny! @chadwickboseman@letitiawright@michaelb4jordan@DanaiGurira
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) 19 February 2018
— Diddy (@Diddy) 16 February 2018
Congratulations @marvelstudios, #RyanCoogler, and the entire cast & crew on the soaring success of Black Panther! What a thrill it is to be able to witness all the records this dynamic, thoughtful movie is smashing. #BlackPanther#WakandaForeverhttps://t.co/mVb5jynXll
— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) 21 February 2018
With the success of #BlackPanther, there wasn’t any doubt that my #wcw would go 2 the fierce & fabulous ladies of Wakanda. @Lupita_Nyongo, @ImAngelaBassett, @letitiawright & @DanaiGurira - way to knock it out of the park! Can only imagine how many girls you’ve inspired/empowered. pic.twitter.com/tCGgm6PYha
— Michelle Monaghan (@realmonaghan) 21 February 2018
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) 19 February 2018
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) 17 February 2018
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) 19 February 2018