Black Panther to Pass Avengers, Become Marvel's Top Domestic Release

By the end of this weekend, Black Panther will have become Marvel's highest-grossing film at the domestic box office.

According to DeadlineBlack Panther will continue its record-setting theatrical run this weekend and overtake 2012's The Avengers' $623 million total, making it the top-performing domestic release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Legendary/Universal's Pacific Rim Uprising set to take the top spot this weekend, Black Panther will end its five-weekend domination, bringing in about $17 million to Uprising's estimated $23 million opening volley.

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Black Panther is also set to top Star Wars: The Last Jedi's domestic gross of $619.8 million as the Ryan Coogler cruises to a cumulative $631.2 million by Sunday night.

In the weeks since its Feb. 16 premiere, Black Panther has become a nearly unstoppable pop culture juggernaut, even beyond the box office. Kendrick Lamar's Black Panther soundtrack debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 its first week of release, and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Daniel Acuna are about to relaunch Marvel's Black Panther comic.

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In theaters now, director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as N’Jadaka/Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue.

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