Black Panther, now running in theaters for the second week straight, has not lost its charisma to woo the audience into procuring more accolades. The latest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has achieved two new major milestones in the box office, and does not appear to be stopping there just yet.
Black Panther has become the fourth movie to ever surpass the $100 million threshold during the second week of running in theaters. It brought in $108 million this weekend to also become the second biggest all-time movie for the mentioned period. This is behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) with $149 million, and ahead of Jurassic World (2015) with $106.6 million and The Avengers (2012) with $103 million.
In addition, Black Panther has become the highest grossing movie in the MCU for the second weekend as well. This is right after it had achieved the same honor for the first week. Hence, Black Panther has become the largest earner for Marvel Studios for the first two weeks in history, a trend that might possibly continue on in the third week.
In terms of total gross, Black Panther has now entered into the top five all-time earners for the MCU. It currently sits on the fifth rung and should easily pass Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Iron Man 3 (2013) this week in the box office. That would leave the offerings of Wakanda to only deal with the two Avengers installments, with the first one having set a high marker at more than $600 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.