Speed Reading — Black Panther - Level 3 — 300 wpm 

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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."

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."

Comprehension questions
  1. For what month did Black Panther break records?
  2. How long did it take for Black Panther to make over $361 million?
  3. What score did the Rotten Tomatoes website give Black Panther?
  4. What did a newspaper say took over Los Angeles?
  5. What movie franchise did the LA Times compare Black Panther to?
  6. What did the article say about the cast of Black Panther?
  7. What did many people wear to movie theatres?
  8. Who is Van Jones?
  9. What grade student commented about Black Panther?
  10. What did a student say people of color could get through?

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