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Let's talk numbers. Big numbers. More than $400 million to be specific. That was the prominent answer to the question "How many dollars did 'Black Panther' collect from American box offices in its first two weekends?" If it seems a staggering number, that's because it is. Nor is that all about the opening weekend of "Black Panther." It not only drew huge numbers of payi…

Buffalo

As they stood in line at the Elmwood Regal concession stand on Tuesday morning, Heavenasia Singleton and Kenyetta Plummer seemed inspired. The 14-year-olds from Buffalo were among dozens of young people who came to see "Black Panther," the new Marvel superhero movie that opened Friday and has already been a box-office smash. The main character in the film, played by Cha…

Gusto

"Black Panther." Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira. Directed by Ryan Coogler. After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to protect his people and country. 134 minutes (Rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action violence, and a brief rude gesture.) Showing at Flix, AMC Maple Ridge, Regal Elmwood, Walden Galleria, …

Gusto

I’ve been a fan of T’Challa, the Black Panther, since I was around 10 years old. Growing up, there weren’t many Black superheroes for me to identify with. Indeed, most of the characters heavily marketed by the big comic companies were white and male. Even though T’Challa was African, rather than African-American, he still provided a powerful role model. In T’Challa, I s…