John Kani & Connie Chiume’s Black Panther breaks records ahead of release

11 January 2018 - 10:38
By Kyle Zeeman
The Black Panther hits local screens next month.
Image: Supplied The Black Panther hits local screens next month.

Marvel's upcoming superhero action film Black Panther, starring South African actors John Kani, Atandwa Kani and Connie Chiume has made history, smashing pre-booking records as the fastest-selling Marvel film ever.

US film booking and ticket monitoring service Fandango confirmed that Black Panther's first day of pre-sale tickets was the largest it’s ever seen for a Marvel movie. The record was previously held by Captain America: Civil War.

The service also claimed that the film was the second most-anticipated movie of 2018, after Avengers: Infinity War.

The film will be released at the American box office next month, as part of a "cross-nation release" including South Africa and other African countries (a first for a Disney film) on February 16.

Both Ster-Kinekor and Nu Metro are expected to open local pre-sale tickets for the film soon, with screenings set for the days leading up to its release.

"We are still finalising a few logistical details around pre-sale tickets for the film and will announce this in the coming days. We anticipate that the film will do very well locally because it is something different and there is a very strong African influence in the film. We think it could do as well as some of our most successful films for pre-sales, including the recent Star Wars films and 50 Shades of Grey," Nu Metro playlist content manager Jean-Pierre Grobler told TshisaLIVE.

John plays the role of the Black Panther’s father‚ King T’Chaka of Wakanda‚ while Atandwa plays the role of the younger king in the film.

Connie plays a mining tribe elder and told TshisaLIVE that she was blown away by the production.

"I have worked on many international films shot in South Africa but this is the first time that I have worked on an international film based in America. It was amazing and a completely different experience," she said.

Watch a trailer for the film below: