Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Just days after Black Panther surpassed Jurassic World to become the fourth highest-grossing domestic theatrical release of all time (and the universe’s biggest superhero movie), Marvel’s billion-dollar behemoth is about to make even more history.
Ryan Coogler’s cash cow will become the first film to be screened in a Saudi Arabian theatre in over 35 years, Variety reports.
Movie theatres in Saudi Arabia were banned in the early 80s after the country adopted super conservative religious standards in 1979.
Disney and Italia Film will be premiering the movie April 18 in the Saudi capital of Riyadh with a gala-premiere at an ultra-luxury AMC-branded movie theater located within the city’s financial district. The cinema house is said to boast of 600 leather seats and marble bathrooms as well.
Based on its population and collective affluence, projections hint that Saudi Arabia could likely become one of the top 10 markets for film revenue.
With 32 million citizens — 70 percent of who fall under the age of 35 — there’s a good chance that the film’s worldwide box office, which has shattered all expectations with a total gross of $1.28 billion.
Likewise, the film’s soundtrack — executive produced and curated by Kendrick Lamar — achieved adjacent success by debuting atop the Billboard 200, a feat it would go to repeat weeks after its release.