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The many box office records set by Black Panther (so far)

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Mar 12, 2018

Wakanda Forever — especially at the box office.

Black Panther was yet again the weekend's highest grossing movie, taking in over $40 million in its fourth weekend of release in the United States. In doing so, it established a number of different milestones and records, putting it in elite company and carving out its own piece of history. Right now, it's at $1.08 billion worldwide and climbing.

Let's first look at its North American accomplishments. Director Ryan Coogler's movie had the third-biggest fourth weekend ever, behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avatar. When ignoring inflation, the Marvel adventure has surpassed The Dark Knight as the second-biggest superhero movie in history, behind only its MCU brethren, The Avengers. When adjusted for inflation, it is still the fourth-biggest, behind Avengers, Dark Knight, Spider-Man, and Batman.

It is by far the biggest February release of all-time, and the biggest release in the first quarter of a year, as well. Coogler's film is the biggest hit for a black director, and the biggest success for a film with a majority black cast. It's the third-fastest ever to $500 million and boasts the second-largest ten-day gross, behind just The Force Awakens.

Black Panther's fourth weekend performance is the third-best of all-time, and ties The Dark Knight for most consecutive weekends won by a superhero movie. (It has a ways to go to reach Avatar's record of 15 weekends in a row, which in retrospect, was insane.) Side note: Black Panther also has the biggest Monday gross of all-time, with $40 million on President's Day.

All-time, Black Panther is the seventh highest earner in North American box office history, not adjusted for inflation.

Internationally, Black Panther has been just as successful, which of course smashes a pernicious old Hollywood "myth" that movies with black leads and ensemble casts can't succeed worldwide. It's made $516 million on the international market, including a $67 million opening weekend in China this past weekend. That China opener is the fourth-largest superhero opener ever in the country.

Other international highlights include $49 million total thus far in the UK, and $41 million in South Korea, where a key action sequence in the film was shot.