Director Ryan Coogler Pens Letter To ‘Black Panther’ Fans: My Wife & I Are In Tears!

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Director Ryan Coogler Pens Letter To ‘Black Panther’ Fans

Ryan Coogler, the director and co-writer of Marvel’s “Black Panther” has penned an open letter expressing his gratitude for the success of the film. Posted on Marvel’s official Instagram account, he writes,

I am struggling to find the words to express my gratitude at this moment, but I will try. Deep down we all hoped that people would come to see a film about a fictional country on the continent of Africa, made up of a cast of people of African descent.

"Black Panther" Top Grossing Film In History By A Black Director

Michael B. Jordan, Ryan Coogler

He continues,

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

See his letter below.

Wakanda Forever. #BlackPanther

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Black Panther has grossed $426 million worldwide, and its four-day opening weekend gross of just under $242 million in the United States was the second-highest of all time. Its three-day gross of $202 million was the fifth-highest of all-time and also set the record for biggest debut by an African American director.

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  • Camden

    Yes!!! We came out in great numbers!!
    Was so lovely to come out and celebrate US in all our melaninated glory!!!

  • Camden

    Grammys and Emmys for sure!!

  • I cry through the trailers AWESOME AWESOME JOB on…EVERYTHING EVERYONE I am starting to get weepy again.
    OUR Ancestors, Elders are so honored

  • Coco Mcluvin

    He did an awesome job and represented BLACK EXCELLENCE in all of it’s GLORY!

    I will for sure be purchasing it when it’s available to own.

  • Ateya

    You’re so welcome! I have watched all the movies you’ve done. The one that moved me the most was Fruitvale Station. I cried so hard I can NEVER watch it again. But WAKANDA FOREVER I can watch it a MILLIONS TIMES. We all so proud! Congrats!

  • Joan

    This movie BLEW ME AWAY! Bravo Mr. Coogler! Can’t wait for the DVD. WAKANDA FOREVER!

  • jmillstein

    Directorial genius