Avengers: Infinity War may be hitting theaters in a matter of weeks, but the Black Panther train is still rolling. February’s Marvel Studios release surpassed expectations in its first weekend to record-breaking box office, and “surpassing expectations” was the name of the game as the film continued to have a strong hold week after week. The result? It’s the highest grossing Marvel movie ever released domestically, and if it keeps this up it could surpass The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron at the worldwide box office too.
This week’s milestone is two-fold. First, at the domestic box office, Black Panther’s total has hit $652.5 million which puts it ahead of Jurassic World ($652.3 million) to become the #4 movie of all time. This record will be short-lived, as the film will pass Titanic ($659.3 million) in short order to become the #3 movie of all time at the domestic box office. That’s a 20-year-old record that Black Panther is now in line to break, and while catching Avatar or Star Wars: The Force Awakens is probably impossible at this point, the #3 position of all time is not too shabby for a movie about an African superhero. Here’s the full domestic Top 10.
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $963.6 million
2. Avatar – $760.5 million
3. Titanic – $659.3 million
4. Black Panther – $652.5 million
5. Jurassic World – $652.3 million
6. Marvel’s The Avengers – $623.4 million
7. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – $620.1 million
8. The Dark Knight – $534.9 million
9. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – $532.2 million
10. Beauty and the Beast (2017) – $504 million
The other milestone Black Panther hit this week is it has officially entered the Top 10 Worldwide chart with a global total of $1.27 billion. That’s a massive number, and it’s enough to knock Frozen out of the Top 10. Here’s where the worldwide chart stands:
1. Avatar – $2,788.0
2. Titanic – $2,187.5
3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $2,068.2
4. Jurassic World – $1,671.7
5. Marvel’s The Avengers – $1.518.8
6. Furious 7 – $1,516.0
7. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1,341.5
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – $1,341.5
9. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – $1,332.6
10. Black Panther – $1,279.2
How high will Black Panther climb on the worldwide chart, and will Infinity War be able to match its heights? Stay tuned folks.