First film to screen in Saudi cinemas in 35 years tops Titanic in US

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“Black Panther,” the film that will end Saudi Arabia’s cinema ban, will be showing on April 18 in the kingdom’s first movie theatre in 35 years.

The Disney and Marvel Studios film starring Chadwick Boseman has surpassed “Titanic” on the all-time list of highest grossing films at the US box office.

According to CNN, "Black Panther" has now made $665.4 million domestically, which makes it the third-highest grossing film in North American history.

The superhero flick has now officially passed "Titanic" and is only behind "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Avatar."

Italia Film‚ Disney's Middle East distribution partner‚ has confirmed it will be releasing the Marvel flick "Black Panther" in a Riyadh movie house, officially breaking the cinema ban.

AMC Theatres said Wednesday that it will open the country’s first new theater in Riyadh, with plans for up to 100 theaters in approximately 25 Saudi cities by 2030.

In December, the Saudi government said it would open the country to commercial movie theaters for the first time in more than 35 years as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s efforts to transform Saudi society.

(With AP)

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