Black Panther might not be the No. 1 film at the box office any longer, but it’s not done breaking records. After Saturday’s box office haul, Marvel Studios’ latest film will have accomplished what only two other films in box office history have accomplished in beating Titanic’s domestic gross.
One of those films was James Cameron’s other mammoth blockbuster, Avatar, with $760 million. The top spot remains Star Wars: The Force Awakens at $936 million. Grabbing another $100 million to pass Avatar seems unlikely even if Walt Disney re-released Black Panther later in the year for an Oscars push.
Black Panther is now No. 10 on the all-time worldwide list at $1.290 billion. It could potentially take down Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is No. 9 with $1.332.6 billion.
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This is an amazing accomplishment any way you look at it. The Avengers films were the two highest grossing films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Black Panther roared past them and is setting standards previously unheard of for a solo comic book hero not named Batman or Iron Man.
Now, Black Panther is the king and it seems like Marvel’s cinematic future has to be focused around Chadwick Boseman’s character in the same way the first two phases focused on Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Chris Evan’s Captain America.