Black Panther Becomes Fifth All-Time Superhero Earner, Third for MCU in the Box Office
The ongoing second week of screening in local theaters is still seeing Black Panther roar ferociously for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in the domestic box office.
The critically acclaimed adaptation has now passed Wonder Woman (2017) with more than $412 million to become one of the top five highest grossing superhero movies of all time. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) are the next two obstacles to overcome in this path with more than $460 million, leaving The Dark Knight (2008) and The Avengers (2012) in the end with more than $623 million. Black Panther should easily enter the top three ranks by the end of the week.
On the other front, Black Panther has also passed Iron Man 3 (2013) to become the third highest grossing superhero movie in the MCU. The two Avengers movies are all that remains for the Wakandan king (and protector) to take the crown.
Earlier this week, Black Panther became the fourth movie to ever surpass the $100 million threshold during the second week of running in theaters. It also become the highest grossing movie in the MCU for the second weekend right after achieving the same honor for the first week as well.
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.