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Ryan Coogler Writes Emotional Thank You Letter After Black Panther’s Opening Weekend

February 21, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Ryan Coogler has written an open letter thanking fans following Black Panther’s opening weekend. Coogler, who directed the Marvel Cinematic Universe film, wrote a letter that was posted by the MCU’s official Instagram account in which he thanked fans for spreading the word about the film, attending screenings and helping the movie break records at the box office.

In the letter, Coogler talks about how he felt “humbled” and “moved to tears” that people of “all backgrounds” came out to see and support the film. He goes on to thank the press for writing about the film, and young people who “came out with their parents, with their mentors, and with their friends.”

The full letter is below. In related news, Black Panther’s box office now stands at $263 million domestically and $462.2 million worldwide through Tuesday. In just five days, it is the ninety-seventh highest domestic-grossing film of all-time and has already passed the full box office grosses for several of its MCU brethren including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Doctor Strange, Thor: The Dark World, Thor, Ant-Man, Captain America: The First Avenger and The Incredible Hulk. Next up is Iron Man 2, which finished out at $312.4 million domestically. Black Panther should pass that mark, as well as Thor: Ragnarok’s $314.6 million and Iron Man’s $318.4 million, on Friday.

Read Coogler’s full letter below:

I am struggling to find the words to express my gratitude at this moment, but I will try.

Filmmaking is a team sport. And our team was made up [of] amazing people from all over the world who believed in this story. Deep down we all hoped that people would come to see a film about a fictional country on the continent of Africa, made up of a cast of people of African descent.

Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong. It still humbles me to think that people care enough to spend their money and time watching our film- But to see people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theaters– often moved me and my wife to tears.

For the people who bought out theaters, who posted on social about how lit the film would be, bragged about our awesome cast, picked out outfits to wear, and who stood in line in theaters all over the world– all before seeing the film…

To the press who wrote about the film for folks who hadn’t yet seen it, and encouraged audiences to come out…

And to the young ones, who came out with their parents, with their mentors, and with their friends…

Thank you for giving our team of filmmakers the greatest gift: The opportunity to share this film, that we poured our hearts and souls into, with you.


Ryan Coogler

P.S. Wakanda Forever