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Michelle Obama praises 'Black Panther'

OPINION: Michelle Obama

MICHELLE OBAMA has praised Marvel’s new Black Panther film, saying that its inclusivity will be an inspiration to young people.

The former first lady offered her congratulations to the filmmakers and actors on Twitter, after watching the film.

“Congrats to the entire #blackpanther team! Because of you, young people will finally see superheroes that look like them on the big screen,” she wrote. “I loved this movie and I know it will inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find the courage to be heroes of their own stories.”

Black Panther, Marvel's first film directed by an African-American brought in an estimated $192 million for its three-day debut in North America this weekend, making it the fifth biggest opening of all time.

The film also brought in an opening of $361 million around the world, making it the second biggest opening for a Marvel Studios film, behind 2012's The Avengers, beating out Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War and Iron Man 3.

Alongside the movie, The Black Panther: The Album also earned the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart, launching with 154,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb. 15.

The last soundtrack to score a larger week was Suicide Squad: The Album, which bowed atop the Aug. 27, 2016-dated list with 182,000 units earned.

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