During Wednesday night’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon several Black Panther fans were given the chance to film a video message to star Chadwick Boseman about the significance of the movie in their lives.
Little did they know that the actor was watching behind a curtain, with Fallon, waiting to surprise each one.
After the fans had recorded a portion of their message, Boseman would step out from behind the curtain.
When one man got over the shock, he greeted the “Black Panther” star with the Wakanda salute of crossed arms over his chest and said, “My king! My king!”
Another jokingly thanked Boseman for wearing a suit for most of the movie, because “when your chest was out, [my girlfriend] was getting a little excited, and I felt insecure, so thank you for that.”
Another young fan, whose mother had said his life had been defined by Barack Obama and now Black Panther, seemed in complete shock.
Black Panther continues to dominate the North American box office, taking in $10.1 million at 4,020 locations on its 12th day of release to become the 20th-highest grosser of all time, with $421.8 million.
Tuesday’s haul moves Black Panther past Wonder Woman (at $412.6 million) and Toy Story 3 (at $415 million) on the domestic list. It’s now $1 million behind The Lion King for the 19th spot.
Tuesday’s international take was also $10.1 million, lifting the tentpole’s overseas total to $326.3 million and the worldwide haul to $748.1 million. Black Panther is already 86th on that list, having surpassed Suicide Squad ($746.8 million) and X-Men: Days of Future Past ($747.9 million). The U.K. is the top foreign market with $43.1 million, followed by South Korea with $37.6 million.
Black Panther could become one of only 10 movies to cross the $500 million domestic mark by the end of the upcoming weekend. Two new R-rated thrillers are opening this weekend: Fox’s Jennifer Lawrence spy saga Red Sparrow and MGM’s re-imagined Death Wish. Recent tracking placed Red Sparrow in the $15 million-to-$19 million range and Death Wish with about $14 million to $16 million.
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