Black Panther to Make History Again

It'll be first film shown in Saudi Arabia in 35 years
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2018 5:45 AM CDT
This image released by Disney shows a scene from Marvel Studios' "Black Panther."   (Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios-Disney via AP)

(Newser) Black Panther is one of the top 10 highest grossing movies of all time, with a worldwide box office tally of more than $1.279 billion, per Deadline. Its historic run isn't over: The Marvel film will be the first shown in Saudi Arabia as the country lifts its 35-year cinema ban, Variety reports. The film will premiere April 18 in Riyadh at a new AMC theater initially built as a symphony hall. A first since movies were banned in the country in the early 1980s, the move comes as part of reforms brought by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. AMC is preparing to open as many as 40 cinemas in the country within five years.

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