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Into the run-up to your launch of Marvel’s Ebony Panther in Asia weekend that is last pundits warned that the film could just aspire to, at most useful, match Ant-Man’s opening in your community ($43 million). “The themes of all movies with mostly black colored casts won’t be of great interest to Chinese audiences, ” USC professor and Asia expert Stanley Rosen pronounced, assuring Deadline that the movie would underperform.

And yet when Black Panther finally made landfall in Asia, it blew past all predictions, having a $67 million opening—up there with several of Marvel’s long-running, well-established franchises that are cinematic such as Avengers: chronilogical age of Ultron, and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

This success that is“surprise despite a persistent news narrative with unsightly implications, both for China and Hollywood: That Chinese racism will destroy any window of opportunity for success for the movie with black colored leads.

Asia happens to be the world’s second biggest market that is theatrical but this assumption has provided Hollywood a rationale to mainly avoid releasing movies with black colored protagonists here. Read more »