The new superhero movie Black Panther is breaking box office records. It is the highest moneymaking debut ever for a February film. Disney, the movie's maker, estimated that the film has earned over $361 million in its first three days. The opening was the fifth highest-earning film ever. The movie has been helped by great reviews from critics. The movie review site Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 97 per cent rating. It is very rare for any movie to get such a high score. The Los Angeles Times newspaper compared Black Panther to a Star Wars movie. It said "Black Panther fever" took over Los Angeles. It added: "The film opened to the kind of fervor typically reserved for the latest offering in the Star Wars franchise."
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Black Panther is the first Marvel superhero movie with an African-American in the title role. It also has a largely black cast and is directed by a black man. Many people of African descent have been showing their pride in the movie by attending movie theatres dressed in traditional African clothes. CNN writer Van Jones said the film was very important. He said: "This film is a godsend that will lift the self-esteem of black children in the US and around the world for a long time." A seventh-grade student who watched the film said: "For people of color, it shows us that we can get through any obstacles that are thrown at us if we work together. We can also help the world by sharing our resources."