Black Panther Can't Stop, Won't Stop Breaking Records

25 March, 2018, 01:45 | Author: Conrad Doyle
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We've written about this before in regards to Black Panther, but it bears repeating: the old Hollywood lie that "black movies don't travel" should be well and truly dead after this box office record-breaker.

And "Black Panther" is in fourth place for all-time superhero domestic grosses - behind 2002's "Spider-Man" ($637.8 million), 2008's "The Dark Knight" ($683.5 million), and "The Avengers" ($705.7 million).

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Early projections for Black Panther's box office premiere had the movie at a solid $120 million, but the movie came out and destroyed those predictions by earning over $200 million, shocking the industry.

Since debuting in theaters on February 16, Black Panther has smashed numerous records, including having the second-biggest opening weekend ever for a Marvel Studios movie (after The Avengers) and becoming the fourth film in history to top $100 million in both its first and second weekends out.

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Boseman's Black Panther first appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, but the new film is his first stand-alone release in the current franchise. Only seven films have ever even passed the $600 million mark in this market, so it was already in pretty rare company. It only needs a couple million dollars more to do so, which it's expected to earn by the end of this weekend, if not by Monday at the absolute latest.

That's a feat only ever matched by Avatar, the highest-grossing movie of all time. While Titanic's total includes re-releases, it's worth noting that all the aforementioned totals are unadjusted for ticket price inflation, as is standard procedure for calculating box office records. But, until there's actual movement on the sequel, Coogler and co. and continue to revel in Black Panther's astounding critical and commercial success.

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