Black Panther Becomes Highest-Grossing Solo Superhero Movie of All-Time

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Black Panther Becomes Highest-Grossing Solo Superhero Movie of All-Time

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Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger in Black Panther

Highlights
  • Added $29.55 million over the weekend
  • Total now stands at $1.237 billion
  • Third biggest Marvel release of all-time worldwide

There's no stopping Wakanda. Black Panther shattered two more records over the weekend: it's now the highest-grossing superhero movie of all-time in the US, and the highest-grossing solo superhero movie of all-time worldwide. The Ryan Coogler film, starring Chadwick Boseman as the title character, has become the fifth highest-grossing film of all-time in the US, and the 12th highest-grossing film of all-time globally. For Disney, it's the third largest release worldwide in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Black Panther added an estimated $16.65 million (about Rs. 108 crores) in the US this past weekend, taking its domestic total to $630 million (about Rs. 4,088.7 crores) after six weeks, surpassing the total of the previous record holder, The Avengers ($623.3 million). Internationally, Marvel's latest picked up another $12.9 million (about Rs. 83.7 crores), pushing its international total to $606.4 million (about Rs. 3,935.5 crores). Put together, Black Panther has grossed $1.237 billion (about Rs. 8,028 crores) worldwide, beating the previous best set by Iron Man 3 ($1.214 billion).

Black Panther Is the King of Marvel Movies

It's been a fantastic performance for Black Panther since its mid-February release, beating expectations over and over. Having crossed Iron Man 3 in worldwide gross, it's now Marvel's third most successful film across the globe, next to The Avengers ($1.518 billion), and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.405 billion). Disney-Marvel couldn't have hoped for anything on this scale, and it's become the perfect marketing boost for the upcoming mega crossover, Avengers: Infinity War.

In comparison to other movies on the all-time grossing list, Black Panther's success has been tilted towards US audiences (51 percent), which makes sense since the film rests heavily on African-American culture. The Avengers made 41 percent of its total in the US, and 33.7 percent for Iron Man 3, which confirms that superhero ventures are more global plays. Of the top 50 worldwide, only three movies have earned more domestically than internationally: Black Panther, Rogue One (50.4 percent), and The Dark Knight (53.2 percent).

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Akhil Arora Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil ...More
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