Black Panther Becomes Largest Earner for MCU in the First Week

The steady stream of smashing the box office, both domestic and foreign, continues to run its course for Black Panther. The critically acclaimed superhero adaptation has now become the highest-grossing movie in the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) for the first week.

Black Panther has earned $292 million in the domestic box office so far, which is $22 million more than the Avengers, and $520 million worldwide. Furthermore, as impressive as it is, Black Panther helped pull the domestic box office up by 7.2 percent to an overall $1.69 billion this week.

According to a new report from Variety earlier today, the second week of screening will eventually see a drop but the figures might not be that low as normally expected. The earnings for every installment in the MCU have declined by any average of 53 percent during the second week in the domestic office. The Avengers, however, proved to be an exception in this case. It only dropped 45 percent for the period. Since Black Panther has now overtaken the previous record holder for the first week, it only merits that the movie will do better in the week to come than what past trending patterns suggest.

In terms of total gross, Black Panther is marching into the top ten all-time earners for the MCU. It currently sits on the eleventh rung but should make it close to the top five by the end of the second week. That would put it ahead of Spider-Man: Homecoming. The Avengers remains at the top of the pile, having raked in more than $623 million.

Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler, is set two years after the assassination of T’Chaka, the ruler of Wakanda, in the events of Captain America: Civil War. The African nation is now in political turmoil and on the brink of war.

The cast features Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, Winston Duke as M’Baku and Forest Whitaker as Zuri.