It’s good to be king — Black Panther is already conquering ticket presales. In addition, thanks to a grassroots movement, the movie has already raised $300,000 for disadvantaged children and their families to see the movie.
The #BlackPantherChallenge, started by Frederick Joseph, was meant to raise money so that children from Harlem could see a movie about African culture and have superheroes of their own to aspire to. It succeeded so quickly and exceeded Joseph’s expectations so wildly ($30,000 against an expected $10,000) that he was inspired to encourage others to raise money for their local cities. While Joseph’s fundraiser has since inflated to nearly $47,000, perhaps an even more impressive accomplishment is that other fundraisers have raised an additional $300,000 across the United States.
This impressive total comes from a total of 300 Black Panther GoFundMe pages that have popped up since the original one was made, with each one averaging $10,000. There are still a few days to go before the movie launches, and it’s likely that at least some of these fundraisers will be open for a little while after the opening weekend. All in all, it’s expected that as many as 23,000 children will get to see the movie thanks to the efforts of these fans.
Black Panther will be released on February 16, 2018. The movie features a cast that includes Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa (Black Panther), Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, John Kani as T’Chaka, Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger (Golden Jaguar), Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, and Winston Duke as M’Baku (Man-Ape). In addition, Atandwa Kani has been cast in an unspecified role.