Marvel’s the Black Panther now has the distinct honor of being the highest grossing debut superhero film. In just four weeks the film has grossed over a billion dollars worldwide.
The film starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan is the fifth highest grossing movie for Marvel. The other four MCU films which have earned more than a billion dollar are Marvel’s The Avengers, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Iron Man 3 and Captain America: Civil War.
It accomplished the milestone on Saturday, eclipsing Marvel’s The Avengers, which, in 2012, made $623.4 million at the domestic box office. The Ryan Coogler-directed saga has also become one of seven movies ever to gross $600 million or more domestically.
Its numbers at the global box office are even bigger. On Thursday, Deadline reported that Black Panther became only the 14th movie ever to cross $1.2 billion internationally. By the end of the weekend, Black Panther will surpass Iron Man 3, which made $1.214 billion, to become the third highest grossing superhero movie ever worldwide, behind only The Avengers ($1.5 billion) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.4 billion).
In a few months, Avengers: Infinity War will be one of the biggest movie events in history and surely take over the title. But that shouldn’t take away from the amazing run Black Panther has had. The film was originally projected to earn $120 million during the first weekend, but earned over $200 million and continued to dominate the boxoffice.