Atlanta Business Chronicle reported last week that Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" soared past expectations opening weekend, making $201.8 million—the fifth largest opening weekend ever.
While the film is set in the fictional African country of Wakanda, much of the movie was actually filmed in Atlanta and its debut has inspired local fanfare. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport even shared an image on Twitter of a terminal monitor boasting a imaginary flight ATL 1234 to Wakanda.
When it comes to separating fact from fiction, however, look no further than the industry experts at Atlanta Movie Tours. Since 2012, Atlanta Movie Tours has been providing a creative way for visiting film lovers and locals alike to experience the city. As Georgia's entertainment industry continues to boom, their tour guides— experienced actors who have worked on set—continue to share more fascinating behind-the-scenes stories you won’t hear anywhere else.
According to Carrie Burns, the co-founder, CEO and "chief movie buff" at Atlanta Movie Tours, "Black Panther" will soon be included in both their Hero and Best of Atlanta tours, given the nature of the filming locations. "There are bunches of local locations from 'Black Panther,' and we have the trailer that is being worked into the tours. Once the DVD drops we will have more clips!" says Burns. "For now, we pass a couple of the locations on our Best of Atlanta tour."
Burns says these include "the 222 Mitchell Street complex, the old Bank of America, that was used as the interrogation center and where Killmonger busts out Klaw, and the basketball court/building is at the corner of Jackson Street and Auburn Avenue near the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and across the street from Ebenezer Baptist Church—pretty fitting."
Fellow movie buffs can also see more Civil Rights sites, as well as discover the city as portrayed in Donald Glover’s "Atlanta" on FX and Tyler Perry films as well as blockbusters like "Ride Along" and "Selma," on the Atlanta Heritage tour.
Atlanta Movie Tours' evolving menu of offerings also includes multiple Zombie tours focused on "The Walking Dead," the Victory tour for fans of "The Hunger Games" and Castleberry Hill Backlot Walking tour—home to hundreds of movie locations—among others.