The success of Black Panther continues – following immense ticket sales since its release, Marvel’s epic superhero film just surpassed Titanic to become the third highest-grossing movie of all time at the North American box office. Wakanda forever!
As The Hollywood Reporter notes, ‘Black Panther finished Friday with a domestic total of $659.3 million (close to R8 billion), just shy of the $659.5 million grossed by Titanic.’ It surpassed that mark on Saturday.
Chadwick Boseman’s unforgettable superhero performance still sits behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which made $936.7 million (a little over R11 billion), and Avatar, which earned $760.5 million (just over R9 billion), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Whether or not Black Panther will catch up to either of those record-breaking movies remains to be seen, but it’s certainly not an impossible feat.
Black Panther has also smashed box-office records in South Africa and in Africa. ‘Black Panther was the biggest industry opening weekend of all time in both East and West Africa, with the film continually trending on social media in the run-up to the release,’ reported Channel 24.
Since before its release, critics noted that Black Panther is Marvel’s most inclusive movie to date. Variety points out that the film’s ‘diversity is not only racially inclusive, but representative of women and the LGBTQ community as well.’ The impressive performances of female leads , and definitely made the Marvel Cinematic Universe accessible to women in a way that previous superhero films hadn’t.
Basically, Black Panther is proving that diversity can and does sell at the movies, and the latest box office figures make it clear that fans want more movies exactly like this.