Black Panther will be heading back to theaters in honor of Black History Month


Last year’s highest-grossing movie in the U.S. is returning to theaters — for free!

Disney announced on Monday that Black Panther will be returning to cinemas for one week only in celebration of Black History Month. The movie will be screening for free at 250 participating AMC theaters around the country from Feb. 1-7.

The move comes just before Oscar voting begins on Feb. 12 and ends on the 17th. Black Panther is up for 7 Academy Awards this year, including the first-ever time a superhero movie is nominated in the Best Picture category.

Disney also announced they would be donating a $1.5 million grant to the United Negro College Fund.

Black Panther
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The blockbuster movie — which ended 2018 at the top of the list with over $1.3 billion worldwide — also made history this weekend when the cast won the best ensemble in a motion picture trophy at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Black Panther beat out A Star Is Born, BlacKKKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody and Crazy Rich Asians.

Chadwick Boseman accepted the honor on behalf of his cast, thanking director and “genius” Ryan Coogler.

“We all know what it’s like to be told there’s not a screen for you to be featured on, there’s not a stage for you to be featured on,” Boseman said. “We know what it’s like to be the tail and not the head. We know what it’s like to be beneath and not above.”

Black Panther cast at the 2019 SAG Awards
| Credit: Joe Pugliese

“And that is what we went to work with every day because we knew, not that we would be around during awards season and that it would make a billion dollars, but we knew we had something special that we wanted to give the world.”

Boseman added, “We knew we could create a world that exemplified a world that we knew we wanted to see. We knew we had something that we wanted to give.”

Also on stage with Boseman were Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Andy Serkis and Danai Gurira.