Ryan Coogler's Black Panther has officially become the highest-grossing superhero movie ever in the US, not accounting for inflation.
Black Panther reached a total of $630 million domestically on Saturday -- passing Avengers, the previous record holder at $623.4 million. Bringing inflation into account, Black Panther will have to earn approximately $676 million to overtake Marvel Studios first big team-up film. However, the King of Wakanda's first outing has also now seemingly topped fellow Disney film Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s domestic gross of $619.8 million.
Not accounting for inflation, Black Panther is now the 5th highest-grossing film of all time domestically, regardless of genre. Only Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936.7 million), Avatar ($760.5 million), Titanic ($659.4 million) and Jurassic World ($652.3 million) are currently ahead of the film domestically.
The global total for Black Panther is currently more than $1.2 billion, and the film is on track to pass Iron Man 3 ($1.214 billion) by the end of the weekend. When it does so, it will become the third highest-grossing superhero film globally, trailing behind only Avengers ($1.5 billion) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.4 billion).
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. 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.
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.
(via Comic Book)