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Black Panther Takes the Middle East By Storm and Makes History

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 08: Chadwick Boseman attends the European Premiere of ‘Black Panther’ at Eventim Apollo on February 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/FilmMagic)

“Black Panther” not only becomes the fourth highest grossing movie in the U.S of all time, but it will be the first film to be shown in Saudia Arabia in 35 years.

Saudia Arabian theaters have sustained a long cinema ban since the 1980’s, but the historical Marvel film will debut on April 18 in the country’s pristine AMC theater in Riyadh, Variety reports. The ban was originally put in place due to Islamists who disapproved the public intermingling of men and women.

The theater consists of marble bathrooms and 600 leather seats and is a display of 32-year-old Prince Mohammed bin Salman‘s impel on changing the extremely traditionalist Muslim country.

Since the premiere of “Black Panther” in February, the movie has earned over $1.2 billion in global sales and the most-tweeted about film ever with up to 35 million mentions according to the Associated Press.

The “Marvel” film was directed by Black director Ryan Coogler and starred a predominately Black cast including celebrity Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther.

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