Marvel Studios’ Black Panther has surpassed yet another major box office milestone after just four weeks of release. As of this morning, the film has taken in an astounding $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
According to Variety, Black Panther has become the 16th Disney film and the fifth Marvel Studios title to pass the $1 billion milestone. What’s more impressive is the fact that it’s the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film to do so without the aide of Iron Man or the Avengers. With an additional $37 million expected for this weekend, the film’s domestic haul should reach $552 million, which would make it the second best superhero release of all time, overtaking The Dark Knight. Internationally, the film looks to be nearing the $500 million thanks to a $20 million opening day in China.
While Marvel Studios has yet to officially it, Marvel Studios Kevin Feige has confirmed that a sequel — as well as possible spinoffs — are in the works. Feige has also indicated that the studio is hopeful that director Ryan Coogler will return for a sequel, although it’s unknown whether talks between the two have yet begun.
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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