'Black Panther' becomes top-grossing superhero film of all time in US

Brenda Watkins
March 26, 2018

Black Panther has done it again! Since then, T'Challa and crew have broken down a slew of other barriers including Fandango's presale ticket record. Black Panther has pulled in an estimated $630.9 million (£446.2 million) as of this weekend so far, pipping 2012's Avengers to become the highest grossing superhero movie in US history (Not accounting for inflation). It surpasses the previous title holder, 2012's "The Avenger" ($623.2 million).

The latest of the film's many record achievements is the more unprecedented for being a major-studio tentpole featuring a virtually all-black cast. Last week, "Black Panther" became the first film since "Avatar" to be the highest grossing film at the box office for five straight weekends.

And given its wide appeal due to its nearly entirely black cast and modest $200 million budge, critics predict it could dethrone Iron Man on Sunday and it is closing in on The Avengers that raked in $1.5 billion. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

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But the movie is still far from beating the box office collection of movies like Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation ($135 million), The Jungle Book ($150 million) and Captain America: Civil War ($180.7 million). With that in mind, take a look at our 10 reasons why Black Panther's box office success is so important.

For one, it's a story that Marvel has been building up to since pretty much the beginning of the MCU, when the Tesseract was introduced all the way back during the initial "Phase One" wave of releases.

Expect Avengers: Infinity War, next up from Marvel on April 27, to land high on the list.

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