Black Panther Gets Full House Screening After Breaking Saudi Arabia’s Film Ban

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Black Panther just keeps on breaking records.

Not only has the standalone superhero movie become one of the highest grossing Marvel movies of all time, Black Panther has also become the first film to publicly screen in Saudi Arabia after its 35-year film ban.

Saudi Arabia is a very conservative country and back in 1982 the nation's government decided to put a ban on screening films publicly after hardline Islamic clerics petitioned for the regulation, believing that movie houses and cinemas would corrupt the morals of its people.

Luckily, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman lifted the Ban back in December, and today Black Panther has become the first film to open to the public in an AMC theater in Riyadh.


Check out the full house screening down here:


Having Black Panther as its first film after the ban is a rather fitting choicie for Saudi Arabia. Not only is Black Panther T'Challa's (Chadwick Boseman) first standalone movie, it's also Marvel's very first all-black superhero film.

Now that Saudi Arabia's ban has been lifted, analysts predict that the country could become one of the top ten markets for cinema. AMC is planning to open 40 theaters in the nation this year and then adding another 60 for a total of 100 cinemas within the next five years.

Black Panther is currently screening in cinemas.

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