‘Black Panther’ Director Sends Heartfelt Message to Fans Following Huge Success of Film

"Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong."

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Wakanda Forever. #BlackPanther

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Ryan Coogler is grateful for the overwhelming support for “Black Panther.” After taking in $242 million at the Presidents’ Day box office, the film continues to be a topic of hot conversation online and off.

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, the director’s thank you letter was posted on Marvel’s Instagram page and Coogler humbly credited the cast and fans for the movie’s success.

“Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong,” he said after noting that “filmmaking is a team sport.” “It still humbles me to think that people care enough to spend their money and time watching our film — but to see people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theaters — often moved me and my wife to tears.”

Coogler went on to thank people who bought out movie screenings during the #BlackPantherChallenge, folks who put on their best African-inspired wardrobe to watch in theatres, media outlets who wrote about the movie and the youth who saw the movie with their parents and mentors.

“Thank you for giving our team of filmmakers the greatest gift: The opportunity to share this film, that we poured our hearts and souls into, with you,” he concluded before adding, “Wakanda Forever.”

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