Entertainment News

‘Black Panther’ beats ‘Titanic’ box office collections in the US

It has become the third highest-grossing film in the United States of America of all time.

Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther has surpassed James Cameron’s 1997 classic Titanic to become the third highest-grossing film in the United States of America, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The superhero film has now made $ 665.4 million in the country, and is behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), which earned $ 936.7 million and Avatar (2009) which grossed $760.5 million. (The figures have not been adjusted for inflation.)

The eighteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther has earned nearly $1.3 billion globally since opening in February, and is currently the tenth top-grossing film of all time.

Featuring Chadwick Boseman as the titular superhero, the film begins with the Black Panther taking his place as the ruler of the isolated and technologically advanced African nation Wakanda. However, he finds his sovereignty challenged by the return of an old enemy in a battle that could have ramifications for the entire world.

Black Panther and Wakanda have been particularly emphasised in the latest television spot of Marvel’s Infinity War, which is scheduled to be released on April 24.

“When you said we were going to open Wakanda to the rest of the world, this is not what I imagined,” Wakanda’s best warrior Okoye (Danai Gurira) declares at the end of the trailer. “What did you imagine?”, T’Challa questions.

“The Olympics…maybe even a Starbucks,” she says.

The television spot also features Peter Parker (Tom Holland), Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Captain America (Chris Evans), Bucky Barns (Sebastian Stan), and Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson), among others.

Play
Support our journalism by subscribing to Scroll+ here. We welcome your comments at letters@scroll.in.
Sponsored Content BY 

What are racers made of?

Grit, strength and oodles of fearlessness.

Sportspersons are known for their superhuman discipline, single-minded determination and the will to overcome all obstacles. Biographies, films and documentaries have brought to the fore the behind-the-scenes reality of the sporting life. Being up at the crack of dawn, training without distraction, facing injuries with a brave face and recovering to fight for victory are scenes commonly associated with sportspersons.

Racers are no different. Behind their daredevilry lies the same history of dedication and discipline. Cornering on a sports bike or revving up sand dunes requires the utmost physical endurance, and racers invest heavily in it. It helps stave off fatigue and maintain alertness and reaction time. It also helps them get the most out of their racecraft - the entirety of a racer’s skill set, to which years of training are dedicated.

Racecraft begins with something as ‘simple’ as sitting on a racing bike; the correct stance is the key to control and manoeuvre the bike. Riding on a track – tarmac or dirt is a great deal different from riding on the streets. A momentary lapse of concentration can throw the rider into a career ending crash.

Physical skill and endurance apart, racers approach a race with the same analytical rigour as a student appearing in an exam. They conduct an extensive study of not just the track, but also everything around it - trees, marshal posts, tyre marks etc. It’s these reference points that help the racer make braking or turning decisions in the frenzy of a high-stakes competition.

The inevitability of a crash is a reality every racer lives with, and seeks to internalise this during their training. In the immediate aftermath of the crash, racers are trained to keep their eyes open to help the brain make crucial decisions to avoid collision with other racers or objects on the track. Racers that meet with accidents can be seen sliding across the track with their heads held up, in a bid to minimise injuries to the head.

But racecraft is, of course, only half the story. Racing as a profession continues to confound many, and racers have been traditionally misunderstood. Why would anyone want to pour their blood, sweat and tears into something so risky? Where do racers get the fearlessness to do laps at mind boggling speed or hurtle down a hill unassisted? What about the impact of high speeds on the body day after day, or the monotony of it all? Most importantly, why do racers race? The video below explores the question.

Play


The video features racing champions from the stable of TVS Racing, the racing arm of TVS Motor Company, which recently completed 35 years of competitive racing in India. TVS Racing has competed in international rallies and races across some of the toughest terrains - Dakar, Desert Storm, India Baja, Merzouga Rally - and in innumerable national championships. Its design and engineering inputs over the years have also influenced TVS Motors’ fleet in India. You can read more about TVS Racing here.

This article has been produced by Scroll Brand Studio on behalf of TVS Racing and not by the Scroll editorial team.