Following Black Panther’s major win at the Screen Actors Guild Awards (Jan. 27), taking home the ceremony’s most coveted Best Ensemble Award, the Ryan Coogler-directed film heads back to theaters for the month of February, Billboard reports.
Reportedly, Disney announced the Marvel film will play in 250 AMC theaters nationwide from Feb. 1-7. The entertainment company made the move to commemorate Black History Month. Disney will also donate a $1.5 million grant to support the United Negro College Fund.
When actor Chadwick Boseman accepted the SAG trophy, he focused on the film’s legacy, stating that it displays what it means “to be young, gifted and black,” NBC News reports.
Since Black Panther’s inception, Coogler made it a point to stay true to his Afrofuturist vision. In 2018, he told Rolling Stone, “The biggest thing for me was the themes of the story – letting them know where my head was at and making sure they would get on board. I was very honest about the idea I wanted to explore in this film, which is what it means to be African. That was one of the first things I talked about. And they were completely interested.”
Black Panther is nominated for seven Academy Awards this year, including Best Picture. The film broke box office records and grossed around $700 million. Additionally, several fundraisers were set up nationwide so that children received a chance to see the film during its debut.