Black Panther breaks another box office record

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“Black Panther” not only shattered Hollywood’s outdated notions about diversity — but also overturned the perception of February as a movie-going wasteland, insiders said.

Paul Dergarabedian, comScore’s senior media analyst, said that Presidents’ Day weekend never had a $100 million opening before the release of “Deadpool” in 2016 racked up a four-day gross of $152 million.

But then “Black Panther” broke the record by taking in $242 million in North American receipts from Friday through Monday — 59 percent more than “Deadpool” and, as Disney announced on Tuesday, enough for its Marvel flick to rank as the second-biggest four-day opener of all time.

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