Marvel's Black Panther has achieved the coveted "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Early reactions and initial reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, so it's no surprise the film has received the label of "Certified Fresh." Black Panther made its debut on the review aggregator website Tuesday with a 100-percent score from critics, although two negative reviews have since dropped that figure to 98 percent. Black Panther is the 16th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to become "certified fresh."
The rating comes after a report that disgruntled DC Extended Universe fans intended to sabotage Black Panther‘s audience score by flooding the site with negative reviews. In response, Rotten Tomatoes issued a statement assuring that “any users who engage in such activities will be blocked from our site and their comments removed as quickly as possible.”
Black Panther is expected to earn about $150 million at the domestic box office on its opening weekend, which would be he fifth-highest debut in the MCU, behind only Captain America: Civil War, Iron Man 3 and both Avengers films. Advance ticket sales for the film recently broke a record on Fandango by surpassing all previous films released in the first quarter.
Directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he wrote with Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, Winston Duke as M’Baku and Forest Whitaker as Zuri. The film opens Feb. 16.