In the spirit of celebrating Black History Month, the highly anticipated superhero movie Black Panther, starring a mesmerizing all-black cast led by Chadwick Boseman, broke records by gathering an astronomical $427 million worldwide at the box office during a four-day weekend. Black Panther had the fifth-highest opening in history, as well as the highest opening ever in February, single-handedly destroying a Hollywood myth that black-led films do not attract audiences.
Black Panther: The Album rose to the top of the charts, ruling Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart with 154,000 equivalent units. The album collected two top-10 singles, featuring Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd’s duet “Pray For Me,” which debuted at No. 7 last week and Lamar’s and SZA’s “All The Stars,” which reached No. 9 this week.
Ahead of the Oscars, Britain crowned its picks for best film performances of the year during the 71st British Academy Film Awards. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri triumphed with five awards: for Best Film and Best British Film, Best Actress for Frances McDormand, Best Supporting Actor for Sam Rockwell and Best Original Screenplay. Gary Oldman collected his BAFTA for portraying Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour and Allison Janney won hers for playing Tonya Harding’s mother in I, Tonya.
After a tumultuous year plagued by inner conflicts and financial problems, The Metropolitan Museum of Art clinched a victory after it was announced that “Michelangelo: The Divine Craftsman and Designer” made its way into the top 10 most visited exhibitions in the museum’s history. Over its three-month residency, the show that was penned as the largest display of the master’s works in North America attracted 702,516 visitors from all over the world.
Britney Spears will be recognized by GLAAD, the world’s leading LGBTQ+ advocacy group, with a lifetime achievement honor at the organization’s 29th annual Media Awards on April 12. Spears has been an active ally of the community throughout her entire career, partaking in various charity singles, anti-bullying campaigns and several open letters that varied from opposing anti-trans youth legislation to supporting the DREAM Act and calling for Congress to protect minorities and children.
Following its critically and commercially acclaimed run off-Broadway, Harvey Fierstein’s magnum opus, The Torch Song, will return to Broadway almost 30 years after its debut.
The show will star its original off-Broadway duo of actors, Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl, and will tell a story about a gay, Jewish drag queen artist trying to make his way in New York.
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