By Sandra Rose  | 

Danai Gurira (C) and 'The Dora Milaje' actors at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Black Panther

Advance ticket sales for Marvel Studio's black superhero action film Black Panther has already exceeded ticket sales for other superhero films at the same point in the sales cycle.

King T’Challa, the black superhero who rules over the mythical African nation Wakanda, was first introduced as a character in the Marvel franchise in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

Black Panther is tracking for a $100 million to $120 million opening.

T’Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman) as the main character of a big budget studio production has inspired young millennials to snap up advance tickets in droves.

Chadwick Boseman at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Black Panther

In a 2017 interview, Boseman embraced his character's role in influencing the lives of young children.

"I love it. You see how much it means," Boseman said. "There was one kid [fighting cancer] who used the Black Panther as sort of his inspiration. He saw himself as a Wakandan, he saw himself as having the spirit of Wakanda in his fight."

According to EW, advance sales of Black Panther have surpassed even Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The superhero character T'Challa was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Jack Kirby in response to Hollywood's call for diversity and inclusion of minority characters.

The character has since evolved into one of the most popular superheroes in comic book history.

Unlike the slavery movie 12 Years a Slave, the power and grace of the film with an almost entirely black cast has given Americans a sense of African black pride that likely won't linger outside the theater.

Marvel Studios spent millions on the marketing and promotion for Black Panther. The result is a massive marketing machine saturating social media with homemade movie posters and challenges to buy up movie tickets for entire neighborhoods of children.

If only black people could be this passionate about real world African nations where clean water is scarce because of water pollution and deforestation.

South Sudanese Refugees collect and drink water at a well

$8,000 is the cost to drill a well and install a pump in Malawi, where Madonna adopted her twin daughters. Cape Town's water supply is running dangerously low and taps in homes and businesses will be turned off until the rain come, according to the NY Times.

Black Panther's marketing budget alone could provide much-needed financing for infrastructure to bring water to hundreds of South African and East African villages.

Fandango surveyed Black Panther ticket buyers about the reasons for their excitement, and more than 90 percent of respondents said they’re “looking forward to the film’s positive messages."

But the message is not so positive in the South African city of Cape Town where hundreds of people stand in line waiting their turn to fill buckets, bottles and jerrycans with clean water, according to NPR.

Black Panther will provide film goers with an escape from the real world realities for a few of hours. Entire families plan to wear kente cloth to the movie opening -- right around the time when Cape Town is set to run dry.

Film goers in America will line up to fill Marvel Studio's coffers with billions of dollars -- enough money to provide water to all of South Africa and beyond.

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images, Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

  • ShelbyMoore

    I'll be watching from my house in front of my big as$ TV....

    Good morning!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Beautiful women .. Congrats

  • ENice

    ....sense of African black pride that likely won’t linger outside the theater". I wish I could say you are wrong

  • cherrypie

    I was just going to post that...smh

  • Kanyade

    "has given Americans a sense of African black pride that likely won’t linger outside the theater."

    Wow. Really?

    You never know what will happen, or how the arts in general inspire and whether or not that inspiration leads to action in a positive way for family, community, state, country, world.

    "Black Panther‘s marketing budget alone could provide
    much-needed financing for infrastructure to bring water to hundreds of
    South African and East African villages."


    Indeed. Likewise, funds from the box office of other such blockbusters like Star Wars: The Last Jedi (which is at a billion plus) and/or other Marvel features, could be used in a philanthropic way, to give back. Why must Black Panther assume the "responsibility"? And who says that something charitable on par with wells for potable water, won't come about from the success of this film, via studio or actors and their individual contributions to causes they support? We don't know.

  • tintin

    I'm gonna go see it, definitely gonna support. So happy to see a black movie that is so important to every race to see.

    i see what your saying Sandra regarding helping the poor. Money is sent to Africa by many however their government is so deceptive and full of thieves nothing gets done. The people that live there also have lots of money, some of the richest men in the world live in Africa and refuse to help their own. Don't come down on celebrities or regular ol' folk cause a lot of money is sent to africa from other countries, the question is what does the government in that country do with it. African government is foul as hell, ,they're forever lining their pockets

  • tintin

    My father in law, who is Jamaican went to Congo to look into assisting with a water dispensary as he owns one here. He stayed at a hotel that was right across from very poor people that were outside starving, bellies were swollen, eyes bulging, mouth dry.

    He said he went to the owner of the hotel and said can we make some sandwiches for the people outside, he said the lady looked at him like "how dare you., .." he said she was so against feeding them. he ended up paying her in order to use her bread and meat slices to make the sandwiches and go feed the people. He also gave them bottled water. The people in Africa are the most wicked to their own.

  • Yoni7

    THIIIIIISSSSS!!!! I was coming in to say just about the same thing. It was pointed out that the cost of drilling a well where MADONNA adopted TWO babies from was 8k. But there was no mention of why MADONNA didn't give but TOOK FROM the same place that had given (those beautiful babies) to her.

  • SpillyNillie

    This again...maybe your posts will inspire them to donate to the cause, Sandra.

  • Gloria

    I'm looking forward to seeing the movie!

    And you made a post similar to this one yesterday. Why do you feel like this marvel movie is obligated to use the projected profit for the benefit of Africa? Have other marvel movies done this? Oh ok then.

    Stop making people that are contributing to successful black projects feel guilty or obligated because they are not running to the aid of Africa

    Its not just black Americans responsibility. Period. If you feel like Africa really need assistance, you will ask about philanthropy for EVERY block-buster movie (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, etc).

    Also, don't forget that the cast is majority black but the funding was predominately done through white people!

  • Yoni7

    Has it been reported here that Lil John opened up a 2nd school over in Africa?
    Since we're pointing any ole people out. What has, let's say the kardashian clan done for the continent of Africa?

  • hottlanta

    A movie for EVERY race to see. Are you saying that the movie is a "comfort zone" movie so other races won't feel guilty or threaten. When the Jews made Schlinder's List did they make it "comfort zone: friendly so the Germans won't feel guilty. They just made it to talk about their struggle for freedom and I didn't read or hear not one Jewish person say "I am tired of this Jewish stuff about movies showing us in concentration camps. We have had lots of friendly movies that don't talk about racism/slavery and and struggle and other folks will not see it because black folks are in it. We waste no time going to see other movies without hesitation even though the cast is all white but they will not rush to go see our movies because of their racist opinion. We need to stop begging folks to support us and begging them to see us in another light. We respect those who don't support us and they need to respect us for supporting ourselves because they support their races and make no apologies for it. Time for us to stop apologizing for supporting ourselves.

  • SoulfulLove

    Just got my Tickets .They are going fast too!

  • Quitedeliteful


  • hottlanta

    Cape Town running out of water is the white folks politicians problem. Any white folks in the U.S. gonna help them out. Is anyone preaching to them about sending their funds to help since everyone always tell black folks how to spend their money.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I love Marvel movies and this one is most def at the top of my list of must see's. I gotta catch this one in the IMAX 3D though, if it's available. Marvel movies aren't made for just a regular theater. And after seeing the trailer to this one, it's a MUST to be seen at the IMAX! I'll be taking my boys cause they're excited about this one, too.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Yes they are! Skin glowing, beautiful dresses. I can't wait to go see this!

  • CaramelDrop

    Ohhhkay!!! I brought 7 tickets already so my contribution is paid! I’m keeping them prayed up too so my conscious is clear!!!!

  • Yoni7

    We can't do nothin' celebrating US without backlash. Let it had been another 12 Years A Slave type movie and not a mumblin' word would have been said. But get a movie that will show us in LIGHT and it's still "dark".

  • Rayne

    Mannn.. I saw a heart wrenching video of the ppl in Libya ?? being sold as slaves and some are being auctioned off for their organs. Even though I wasn’t alive when slavery was going on , I feel it. ????

  • missarewa

    The last sentence is the whole truth

  • Shenanigans1

    I’ve got mine!!!

  • iWasteTime

    Gonna leave this here, again, today.:
    Folk are intentionally obtuse when it comes to anything Black folk are excited about or take pride in. Including Black folk.
    Star Wars makes millions.
    The desert scenes in the last couple of movies are actually shot in Tunisia, a North African country. What has that brand done for Africa?

  • missarewa

    I'm going to see this with a nice big gele on top of my head

  • MsPam

    Damn, it’s not about the white folks in Cape Town it’s about the black ones. Why are you so bitter towards white folks?! Is it a southern thing?! I’m glad I was raised around different ethnicities when I was growing up. One movie is not going to give black folks pride, after people see it they’re going to get back to the bullish! I’m pray that Jehovah soften your soul and heart!

  • KatTheSocratic

    Very well said! The implications of Sandra's statements, as you stated, are that it is only the responsibilities of Black Americans and or Black Panther fans to worry with conditions in Africa: she needs to give it a rest. If there is work that needs to be done in Africa , which it does, it is the responsibility of humanity: as a whole. Does every issue/topic have to be another aggressive and unfounded issue to show her disdain for her own people? Just because one drinks tea with their pinky up, hot in a cup, with an accent, does not make them less Black! Instead of hating on your OWN, why not lead by example. There is much fallacy in her logic/rationale. Perhaps she can or does need to worry with her own guilt/responsibility to Africa and allow her readers to be philanthropic, if they can, care or want to.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    appropriation of the culture..

  • Phillybruh

    My sons want too wear costumes and I'm here for it.

  • Yoni7

    Steal, kill and destroy.

  • Mastermind

    The person on the left looks hella transgender.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Sandra, are you doing your part?

  • Shira Harding-James

    Anyway....we have our tickets and outfits!!
    I’m sooooooooo excited to see it, let me tell you!!

  • Keisha Hannah


  • Renee26

    Auntie it sounds like you need to write a letter or start a petition to get Marvel to jump on this cause

  • Renee26

    I'm waiting to find out if it is...just outta curiosity. I don't like the muscular arm look on women, it doesn't look feminine to me.

  • Renee26

    You're still alive and it still sad

  • Quitedeliteful

    I really don't watch superhero movies but I am looking forward to seeing this -- and I'm not gonna feel guilty about watching or enjoying it either. If this movie inspires folks to want to do something for the continent of Africa, wonderful. If folks don't feel inspired to do anything, so be it...

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    I was inspired to buy my tickets after that silly post on here the other day. Thanks Sandra! We r going to the 6pm special event showing on the 15th! Woot! These actors will get my support and no body is going to convince me not to do for them what white folks do for each other. ...unconditional support!

  • MoniquetheGeek

    These actors will get my support and no body is going to convince me not to do for them

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Yes! I'm so excited. The early viewing here is in 3D and I was able to reserve seats so no lines for us! I got my black on black everything ready to wear.

  • Renee26

    he ended up paying her in order to use her bread and meat slices to make the sandwiches

    I'm confused...he wanted her to donate the food? That may have been the reason for her disgust...she didn't have it to spare or didn't want them to expect it and make her hotel a shelter of some sort...we are so fortunate to have shelters here in America

  • my view



    The power of the Black Dollar!

    One caveat though- WE should be producing and distributing movies like this..

    There are enough black multi millionaires in Hollywood and Pro Sports to link up financially to start weaning of the Jewish OWNED and controlled studios- and start calling their own shots!

  • SweetTEE

    First, there isn't ONE problem in Africa that those pink and yellow toes did not create. Maybe they would have clean water and such if they werent colonized by neanderthals profiting from their natural resources. How bout you send them $8000 Sandra, since you have it all figured out and let us have our moment. Thanks and have a blessed day.

  • SweetTEE

    Especially since she keeps speaking on what others are NOT doing to help. Donate one of those backpacks she got stashed or some ad revenue. I'm siccud.

  • Rayne


  • Renee26

    She's fresh outta backpacks for give away...but her journalism skills can be very useful

  • Alicia.Ashe

    I can’t wait to see this

  • Vonn

    My family will be thick as smoke in the theater to see this. I thought the person on the far left was Paula Patton.

  • RespectSelf

    I always go out and see the big super hero movies so I am pumped. I must admit this is the first time I bought tickets in advance.

    I knew these would sell out quick and didn't want to chance it lol. So I will be watching this movie during it's opening weekend. I got the Dbox seats too lol

    On a serious note... I look forward to your continued post on the folks in need. I would rather those post be the main headline because it seems like you really care about our support going to those in need.

  • my view

    They won't even do anything about the water in the chi so we can forget about another country

  • KatTheSocratic

    They could, if she was more focused on the need of the continent of Africa and its people versus, attempting to shame Black Americans for spending their hard earned money as they see fit. She should try leading by example; you get more flies with honey than vinegar....

  • KatTheSocratic

    My thoughts/questions exactly.

  • hottlanta

    Thank you.

  • hottlanta

    I bet their azzes go and get a bush African child like they always do with a swollen belly/files in their faces and a nasty cup by a well so folks can feel sorry for them and give them donations.

  • hottlanta

    You wasn't alive. You not a ghost poster are you. Slavery is still going on.

  • shun king

    the question needs to be why did Africa allow it to happen

  • BadGalKarter

    Do the highly educated Africans immigrant in America have the passion about real world African nations where clean water is scarce because of water pollution and deforestation? I wonder.

  • tintin

    Yes he asked her to donate her food. donate as in give for a good cause... the cause is that they're a hungry. personally i can't look out my window see kids hungry and just ignore it. kids that are months young.

    and her rich a$$ did have it to spare. She owns one of the most prominent and classy hotels in the area.

    He didn't ask to have them come stay in the hotel so no it wouldn't be a shelter.he just asked to give them a sandwich. i'm sure she had extra, I'm sure she throws out a lot of meat and bread. nothing wrong with giving people a little bit if you have it. I see homeless people and i give them a change or a meal. There's nothing wrong with a little help. even if she only helps one time, at least she did help

  • klwbaby

    Since Madonna got two of her kids there, is she helping with the water supply?

  • ?Royalty?

    Chad ???



  • TMW

    FLINT, MICHIGAN (a predominantly African American city) residents, including children, do not have clean drinking water. Black Americans in America should be important too.

  • Elevated Soul

    Exactly....Ninjaz are always blaming Whites while letting those corrupt African leaders , off the hook....It's comparable to the same way they let Democratic politicians off the hook..

    Anyways,I'm not interested in seeing the movie.

  • Queen B

    So wtf is all those oil tycoons and rich African leaders doing for their continent ?



  • I can’t wait!

    Beautiful, beautiful women! I’ve been waiting for this movie since he showed up in Captain America: Civil War. It’s been a long time. Chadwick Boseman is so fine and his interviews make me like him even more!

    I have my tickets already and I’m going to watch this at least twice. I’ll pick a weekday after the movie has died down.

    I don’t know what poverty in Africa has to do with this movie. Some people will find the negativity in everything!

  • Elevated Soul

    This started after Obama and the other imperialists armed rebels aka ISIS to kill Gaddafi...Too many Black people will react without knowing the real backstory....

    The organ stealing is not new to those of us who have been doing the research,It also occurrs in Haiti too.

  • I can’t wait!


  • Shira Harding-James

    Yes that’s right

  • shun king

    that picture up top just turned me off from seeing it why does so many of these black women have to promote themselves as they are nothing else but some "wild fierce sexual beings " ..really this is another exploitative movies most just cannot see the signs

  • wiseone

    Not as much as the white man who raids brown nations for their riches - where do you think they got all those diamonds?

  • wiseone

    The question is why the F are you hating on this movie. Now scat.

  • Keisha Hannah

    Oh ok

  • shun king

    to stupid for an intellectual response huh?

  • wiseone

    No you don't have the intellect to respond to an intellectual response - mine.

  • Sid

    Why when it’s a black movie there has to be something negative that comes up and it’s by black people!!! No one mentions this about any other super hero movie. Tarzan was in the Congo in Africa and nothing was mentioned about helping African children. I’m so sick of this mentality. When I watch movies I want to escape reality. Why can’t this just be a great movie to watch take your azz home and end of story!!!

  • shun king

    oh ok blocked

  • Jen_no_juice

    Yet Flint still needs water but she still praises Trump when he hasn't addressed the issue

  • BadAss Will

    The first lady in the pic look like a man

  • BadAss Will

    I can't ?????

  • Sweetness


  • Trace da Ace

    OMG!!! I was literally gonna type the same thing...but figured it was probably the camera angle that is making her look that way (?)

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    No hating ass sandras formed against this movie shall prosper!!!!!

  • Renee26

    Ok, so she was just being stingy. You are right about giving to the less fortunate.If you have it your should be willing to bless others.

  • Hmmm~?

    Hopefully this will inspire more Hollywood producers to cast more black leads. I’m still and will forever be tired of seeing white leads in every major film. Main reason why I haven’t been to a movie theater in over 10 years.

  • ShelbyMoore

    Chile, I refuse to pay them movie theatre prices when I can just bootleg da bish.

  • Zedian Queen

    Sandra...Please leave Africa out of this...we dont need your charity or pity...this movie should instill black pride in African Americans, but thats were it starts and ends. wtf does a whole continent of Africa have to do with this movie. And please stop using these ignorant images of Africa (once again a CONTINENT not country) to promote whatever ignorant message you are trying to promote. You think Africans in Africa will watch this and say "America owes us charity" LOL no...we will watch this with pride, along side our fellow African Americans as a race thats consistantly put down by others. LEAVE AFRICA OUT OF THIS WE DONT NEED OR WANT YOUR CHARITY!

  • Chocolate Bliss


  • Solstice

    I hollered ??!! Truth!

  • EntrepreneurialSpirit

    Ohhhhhhhhhh so that's what false equivalency means. Thanks for providing me with a great example Sandra?

  • Cici

    I don’t care what anybody says they are out here doing it for the culture! And by the way most Africans can’t stand African Americans.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    I'm gonna see it too, this birthday I can say I celebrated 47 alot lol. Stomp, a concert and a movie on top of moving. Yay me!!!!

  • Disgustd

    Exactly. DeBeers need to fix that S.African water issue with all the katrillions they've made off of diamonds.

  • Disgustd

    That's like asking a rape victim why did she allow it to happen? Or a carjacking victim, why'd you allow it to happen? Or a murder victim, why'd you allow it to happen? You get the damn picture. An uzi in your face or back makes things happen real quick. Now..let's ask WHAT COUNTRY is the largest arms dealer in the world?

  • Disgustd

    B/c people understand stockholm syndrome. And let us not forget those independently-minded African leaders who said NO...Lumumba & Gaddafi just to name a few. The west acts just like the mob/mafia. Don't do business, they come and whack you. That's WHY. Any more questions?

  • Disgustd

    Oh, you are alive while slavery is going on. It's still a reality in 2018 IN America. Did you see Ava DuVernay's "13th"? It breaks down the truth that slavery was never really abolished in the US, they just changed the name from slave to convict. A little creative loophole these cretins came up with. Which proves that they planned and knew they were not really freeing slaves. Now the plantation is open air with no visible perimeter. Well, that's not true. Go outside the plantation limits (any all white city) and see how quickly you learn where you are and aren't supposed to be.

  • Disgustd

    It is when the effects of apartheid affect today. Let DeBeers take care of that water problem since they probably are the reason it's a problem now. Just like GM is responsible for the Flint water situation. They are the ones who polluted it in the first place but you won't EVER hear their names mentioned in relation to the cause.

  • Disgustd

    And that's probably WHY she has a hotel. There are certain types of negroes who are allowed advancement simply b/c their depravity mimics the larger system. Here and in Africa. Look at most of their 'leaders'. People who actually want to help and are benevolent are blocked at every turn or certainly not given the resources and help that others are. Look at the world system: the most wicked and depraved occupy the highest ranks. It's by design.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Yuup. I got my android box and Ima sit all comfy on my couch with all my snacks and enjoy...

  • yemoh

    "Black Panther"
    I had to choose another that we will select more than good