Black Panther continues to roar in theaters worldwide, extending an impressive streak to achieve yet another major milestone in the box office.
The critically acclaimed comic book adaptation by director Ryan Coogler shoved aside Frozen (2013) and Beauty and the Beast (2017) this weekend to enter the top ten highest-grossing movies of all time. This is undoubtedly the biggest feather for the Wakandan cap.
Black Panther has now earned $1,279 billion in the worldwide box office in just more than a month of release. The only other two comic book adaptations that lie ahead in the prestigious list are Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) with $1.4 billion and The Avengers (2012) with $1.67 billion.
There are still a few more weeks remaining before everyone turns their attention to Avengers: Infinity War. Black Panther should easily cross the $1.3 billion threshold by then. However, will it manage to enter the top five highest-grossing movies of all time? It seems a bit unlikely unless Marvel Studios has plans to keep the movie running in theaters even after Avengers: Infinity War has released.
Black Panther take places two years after King T’Chaka was assassinated in Captain America: Civil War (2016), leading to the nation of Wakanda spiraling down in political turmoil. There is a threat of war on the horizon, and a coup lying in wait for the throne.
The star-studded 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.
Black Panther was released on February 16 and is still running in theaters worldwide.