After Avatar set new records in 2009, it seemed that the all-time box office charts was heading for a long period of stability. Since 2012 there’s been a dramatic shakeup with seven new entries in the Top 10. They all need to start making way for Black Panther as it’s rolling at a torrid all-time pace.
Marvel Studios’ latest film is making a historic run on the all-time charts that’s ahead of the No. 5 and No. 6 films on the list. Through five days, Black Panther earned $263 million. That’s better than the same five day gross of Star Wars: The Last Jedi with $261.8 million. Let that sink in for a second.
The Last Jedi had Star Wars fans rabid to finally hear Luke Skywalker talk for the first time since 1983’s Return of the Jedi. The excitement and hype for that was off the charts. Black Panther had one key supporting role in Captain America: Civil War, but the audience interest is even greater.
At its five day mark, Avengers earned $244 million en route to a $623.3 million domestic haul and $1.5 billion worldwide total. Black Panther set another record on Wednesday with the best midday earning of $14.5 million ahead of Avengers’ $13.6 million Wednesday. Box office runner-up Peter Rabbit has so far made $48 million total.
Today, Black Panther reached the $500 million worldwide mark. That’s without the benefit of opening in the second largest worldwide market in China or Russia.
It’s clear Black Panther is going to be on the Top 10 all-time list. The real question is how far can it go. We’ll have a real good sense if it eclipses the $100 million mark in its sophomore weekend.