Ethan Anderton, /Film:
Marvel’s Black Panther has become even more of a box office giant than any of the industry’s wildest predictions and expectations. The film has broken record after record since hitting theaters on February 16, and now it has a new crowning achievement.
Even though Black Panther won’t be at the top of the box office for six weekends in a row, the money raked in this weekend has sent the movie past $624 million on the domestic charts. 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.
This was a huge victory for Marvel and diversity on the big screen. Hopefully this is just the beginning of more blockbusters featuring diverse casts that take the box office by storm. At the very least, we know it’s just the beginning for Black Panther because a sequel is already in the works, and Ryan Coogler will likely return to direct as well.
He made it rain!