'Black Panther': The best celebrity reactions to the record-breaking film

By Clare Douglas

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 :-)

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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.

Here are just a few examples of how the stars have reacted to the biggest movie of 2018 so far…

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