Marvel Studios’ Black Panther has added another achievement to its already impressive portfolio – it has become the first film to receive a public screening in Saudi Arabia for 35 years.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Black Panther was screened yesterday at the AMC, located within Riyadh’s King Abdullah Financial District. The AMC is the first movie theatre to open in Saudi Arabia following a ban on cinemas during the 1980s, with Black Panther becoming the first film to play after the ban was lifted in December.
Saudi Minister of Culture and Information, Awwad Alawwad, said:
“Cinema has always played an important role in bringing cultures together, and Saudi Arabia is ready to play its part.”
Since making its debut in February, Black Panther has achieved a number of significant milestones, including becoming the No.1 Marvel movie in the US and becoming the No.1 superhero origin movie. Black Panther is currently the tenth highest grossing movie of all-time and has a box office take of more than $1.3 billion (and counting).