Monday, 10 December, 2018

Saudi Arabia To See Black Panther After 35-Year Cinema Ban

Actor Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the premiere of the new Marvel superhero film 'Black Panther' in London Britain Actor Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the premiere of the new Marvel superhero film'Black Panther in London
Steven Clarke | 07 April, 2018, 00:34

"Black Panther" is set to break Saudi Arabia's 35-year cinema ban.

The Marvel superhero film will receive a gala opening on April 18 in Saudi Arabia's brand new AMC theater in Riyadh, the country's capital.

Saudia Arabia's conservative clerics instituted the ban on cinema in the early 1980s. The Marvel blockbuster will be the first movie to premiere in Saudi Arabia since their public movie ban was lifted.

Disney, AMC and Italia Film did not immediately respond to FOX Business' request for comment.

The 620-seater theater is the first of hundreds of cinemas planned to open in the next decade.

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In regards to domestic box office charts, Black Panther is now in the fourth spot behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avatar, and Titanic standing in its way. It's reported to be one of as many as 100 theaters set to open by the year 2030.

Though some Saudis watched The Emoji Movie and Captain Underpants on a projector in a state-run cultural center previous year, Black Panther may be the first film that most will see in a real theater, based on 70 percent of its population being under 30. The main theater will feature more than 600 leather seats, both on orchestra and balcony levels as well as marble bathrooms.

While Marvel Studios was certainly expecting to make a fair amount of money from their latest solo movie Black Panther, I don't think anyone expected it to become as huge and groundbreaking as it is today.

It's also now among the 10 highest-grossing films of all time globally, with earnings exceeding $1.2 billion.

Fithian said he met government officials in Riyadh in December to work out issues such as what type of material would be permitted on movie screens.

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