‘Black Panther’ scores mighty $25.2 million Thursday debut

  • This image released by Disney shows Danai Gurira in a scene from Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther.” Gurira says the representation of women in “Black Panther” is important for young girls to see. The film features a number of powerful female leads, including Gurira as the head of a special forces unit, Lupita Nyong’o as a spy, Angela Bassett as the Queen Mother and newcomer Letitia Wright as a scientist and inventor. (Marvel Studios-Disney via AP)

LOS ANGELES — “Black Panther” is well on its way to a record-making weekend at the North American box office.