Black Panther has become the highest grossing superhero movie in North America, ending with over $700 million domestically. This huge success is way more than anyone had initially expected. The movie looked promising since the beginning as it broke Fandango’s pre-sale ticket records.
Now even actor The Equalizer actor Denzel Washington has admitted that the film actually made him cry. Denzel was asked in an interview about the last film that made him cry. Washington quickly stated Black Panther as he revealed that the film made him sit back and think of his own career and how it has changed over the years.
Washington even talked about the film’s triumph from the groundwork and even appreciated director Ryan Coogler for his commendable work. He even compared the film’s box office success to a relay race and passing of the torch.
Denzel isn’t the only one to think similarly about Black Panther. The film is seen as a cultural phenomenon and is also compared to the work of Denzel, Spike Lee and Sidney Poitier. Entire Movie theatres were booked by actors and musicians so that young kids could see the black community leading the charge on big screen, which is something that Washington and many actors have previously fought for.
“I said, ‘Man, look at these young boys, man.’ And I actually — I just started [crying],” Washington said. “I was like, whew. You know, Sidney, to now? And I’m in the gap — me and many others — are in the gap, but it was like, man. I felt like the third leg of the relay race. Like, ‘here, go.’ Now, I ran behind them — I’m still running. But I was like, man, they gone. They’re gone.”
Washington is currently starring in Equalizer 2 which has been a success at box office. The film is also notable because it’s the first time Washington is appearing in a film’s sequel in his whole career.
After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.