In the weeks since its February 16 premiere, Black Panther has become a almost unstoppable pop culture juggernaut, even beyond the box office. With Legendary/Universal's Pacific Rim Uprising set to take the top spot this weekend, Black Panther will end its five-weekend domination, bringing in about $17 million to Uprising's estimated $23 million opening volley. That means Black Panther has officially surpassed The Avengers total gross of $623.4 million in 2012 and it's now the highest grossing superhero movie ever in the United States. On Saturday (March 23), the Chadwick Boseman-starring Marvel film became the top-grossing superhero movie of all time in the USA, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Meanwhile Avengers Infinity War is released in a month and its already broken Black Panther's pre-ticket sales record in just six hours.
That's a feat only ever matched by Avatar, the highest-grossing movie of all time. The success of the superhero blockbuster has pushed Walt Disney Studios' global box office past $1 billion for 2018. The movie started a new movement and a social touchstone that continues to earn at the box office, causing Disney to compete with itself.
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On Thursday, Deadline reported that Black Panther became only the 14th movie ever to cross $1.2 billion internationally. (It says a lot about the success of this movie that "fourth-biggest superhero movie of all time" isn't even one of its best accolades.) With a little more than $1.2 billion in box office so far, Black Panther will need until Sunday to surpass Iron Man 3's $1.214 billion.
Black Panther did it. Box office lists don't account for inflation, though the six-year gap separating Marvel's top two box office hits makes that much less of a factor here.