The domestic box office enjoyed another marvelous run this weekend to help push Black Panther further top in the earnings ladder.
The critically acclaimed comic book adaptation by director Ryan Coogler has now passed Titanic (1997) to become the third-highest grossing movie of all time with more than $665 million. Black Panther will have to rake in another $100 million to take over Avatar (2009) for the second spot, and roughly $300 million to push aside Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) for the crown.
It is important to note that the aforementioned figures and achievements are for only the domestic box office, tallied from local screenings inside the United States. They do not cover the worldwide and international markets.
Black Panther shoved aside Frozen (2013) and Beauty and the Beast (2017) last week to enter the top ten highest-grossing movies of all time in the worldwide box office with more than $1,279 billion. There are still a few more weeks remaining before everyone turns their attention to Avengers: Infinity War. There could be more achievements to be earned until then.
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.