Black Panther will claw its way to another box-office record for Marvel by surpassing the first Avengers movie in terms of domestic ticket sales. The superhero team-up from writer-director Joss Whedon raked in $623.3 million at the North American box office in 2012, while Panther -- directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler -- is expected to have $630 million by the end of the weekend, writes Variety. This will make it the highest-grossing superhero movie in American box-office history.
Once it tears Avengers to shreds in terms of domestic ticket sales, Black Panther also gets pushed up to the No. 5 spot on all-time domestic returns, behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avatar, Titanic, Jurassic World, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, impressively jumping up two whole spots on the list from where it was.
Nevertheless, Marvel's The Avengers still clings onto the record for highest-grossing Marvel film in history, at $1.5 billion in worldwide returns. However, given the fact that Black Panther broke the $1 billion mark in less than a month and currently sits at more than $1.2 billion globally, it will most likely overtake Whedon's movie once again... at least until Infinity War arrives. As it so happens, the third Avengers already took one record away from Panther, the "best-selling superhero movie in the first 24 hours of presales" on Fandango after just six hours.
Despite this record loss, Black Panther is still the No. 2 best-seller on Fandango's FanShop, thanks to swag inspired by the film. They've got so much money now, they could probably pay for everyone to start on the sequel next week!