Last weekend, Black Panther added another cool $19 million to its earnings, bringing its total gross revenue to $1.3 billion worldwide and breaking the previous record of $623 million set by The Avengers in 2012. Apart from becoming the highest grossing superhero film of all time, the Walt Disney’s Black Panther has added a number of other milestones to its list.
One of the Leggiest Movies of All Time
In film industry jargon, a movie is considered leggy if it runs on the box office for longer and more successfully than expected. Some of the biggest superhero films including The Dark Knight, Star Wars, Transformers and Wonder Woman have all opened on the box office with more than $100 million, becoming the leggiest movies of all time.
Now, Black Panther has joined the ranks of these legendary films by opening with a whopping $115 million on the box office, and only just falling behind The Dark Knight, The Force Awakens and Rogue One – but the film isn’t even done at the box office yet, so it’s hard to predict how much more it will earn in the next few weeks.
One of the Biggest Global Grossers of All Time (Tenth-Biggest, to be Exact)
Black Panther has already made its mark as the highest grossing superhero film in the history, now it is also creeping up the ranks of the biggest all-time grossers, snatching the tenth spot from Disney’s Frozen which made $1.27 billion worldwide. With the new Marvel film still running successfully in cinemas around the world, it is only a matter of time before it reaches the number one spot on the list.
Fourth-Highest All-Time Domestic Earner
As of this point, Black Panther has raked in over $655 million in North America alone, surpassing Jurassic World which made a domestic total of $652 million, becoming the fourth biggest domestic earner of all time.
If the flick with a star-studded black cast moves up the rank to reach the third highest spot, it may break more records including being the only highest grossing film to not premier around the same Christmas weekend as its other competitors like Star Wars, Avatar and Titanic, as well as becoming highest earning film domestically in a single year.
Third-Biggest IMAX Film Ever
Not only has Black Panther surpassed Jurassic World to become the fourth-highest domestic grosser of all time (without any adjustments made for inflation), it is also the third-biggest domestic earner to be watched in 3D/IMAX auditoriums.
The film is expected to earn more since it is still playing in major cinemas around the world, and it is only a matter of time that it surpasses Titanic to become the third-highest domestic grosser ever.
First Mega-Budget Movie with All-Black Cast
Apart from being one of the highest grossing films of all time, Black Panther’s success is extremely significant for many other reasons. The film has made a huge cultural footprint in the industry by highlighting the modern-day issues of race and identity and becoming the first mega-budget superhero film to be directed by an African-American as well as have an all-black cast
Black Panther is the 18th superhero film to be released by Marvel Cinematic Universe, a Disney-owned franchise which has raked in $13.5 billion worldwide at the box office over the past decade. The release of the film is the first time Marvel has so fearlessly backed an all-black cast, and its record-breaking success on the box office is sign that African-American culture also has the power to generate massive revenues from audiences all around the world.
The film’s release comes at a crucial point in American history as the entertainment industry is pushing back against the unfair treatment of women and people of color. Black Panther’s splendid portrayal of unmitigated black excellence is clap back at the U.S. President Donald Trump who swiftly dismissed 54 predominantly black African countries as ‘filthy nations’.