With Avengers: Infinity War just around the corner, Marvel Studios continues to ride the tall Black Panther wave with the most recent MCU film entering in to the elite ranks of box office history. The Ryan Coogler directed movie opened very strongly and was able to sustain a steady stream of ticket sales into its sixth week, even holding the Alicia Vikander-led Tomb Raider reboot at bay. Having passed the $1 billion mark (worldwide) last week, the question for Black Panther since then has been exactly how much can the film make when all’s said and done?
Marvel has been able to break into the billions four times previously (with its current MCU) with titles The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, with the fifth now being Panther which has taken Iron Man 3‘s place as the studio’s fourth highest grossing film ever. Domestically (U.S.), the first Avengers film finished its theatrical run with a whopping $623.3 million, making it the number one superhero title at the North American box office of all-time, leaving a sizeable gap between it and Avengers: Age of Ultron which scored $459 million.
Many would have assumed that Infinity War would have the best shot at knocking The Avengers off both the MCU and overall superhero top spots, but incredibly it’s King T’Challa who is claiming the crown, at least for the time being.
According to Box Office Mojo, Black Panther’s $16.6 million earning this past weekend brought its total domestic take to $630.9 million, edging out The Avengers by around $7.6 million. Of course, Panther hasn’t quite finished its full cinematic run just yet so it could very well set an even higher bar for Infinity War to hit. Again, Black Panther breaks the notion that the studio’s most successful films are only team-ups and moving forward it’s a given that T’Challa is very much poised to be one of the ‘big three’ central faces of the franchise alongside Iron Man and Captain America.
In terms of the next accolades for Black Panther to aim for, 2015’s Jurassic World sits at $652.2 million and beyond that there’s Titanic at $659.3 million, and at this point it wouldn’t be surprising if Panther get’s there.
The fact that Black Panther‘s already unbelievable success carries on into its seventh week on the big screen is a testament to both the Marvel tried and tested movie-making formula, and the vision of director Ryan Coogler in bringing the wonder of Wakanda and its inhabitants to the masses. Long live King T’Challa!