“BLACK PANTHER” may have just topped $1 billion globally, but the year’s highest-grossing film has a larger target in its sights: Can the Marvel movie become the biggest superhero release ever?
Ryan Coogler’s smash just achieved an in-house milestone, becoming the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to win four straight domestic weekends, en route to topping $562 million on North American shores. The film’s global total is $1.08 billion.
So where does that put “Black Panther” in the pantheon of superhero cinema?
Domestically, the Wakanda-set movie just passed 2008’s “The Dark Knight” ($534.9 million), before adjusting for inflation, and trails only 2012’s “The Avengers” ($623.4 million) among comic-book movies, according to Box Office Mojo.
And so far, “Black Panther” is tracking higher; “Avengers” sat at $513.4 million in domestic take after its fourth weekend. Marvel’s latest movie also had a higher per-screen average ($10,435) than “Avengers” ($9,364) for its fourth weekend.
So “Black Panther” is well positioned to topple “Avengers” domestically in the weeks ahead.
Globally, though, is another matter.
Worldwide, “Black Panther” is the sixth-biggest superhero movie, with nearly 48 percent of its take arriving from overseas, and it’s about to pass “The Dark Knight Rises” (a bit over $1.08 billion).
But “The Avengers” still reigns pretty safely as the planet’s biggest superhero movie. The Joss Whedon film grossed $1.52 billion worldwide, with 59 percent of its take coming from foreign shores.
Fraternal box-office competition will also arrive when “Avengers: Infinity War” lands in theaters April 27.