Black Panther breaks records months later, becomes third film ever to make over $700 million domestically


In its twenty-fifth week of running, Black Panther has made its mark on the top of the charts, becoming the third film to cross $700 million domestically.

The celebration isn’t stopping just yet for Black Panther. Sure, it came out four months ago, and two other Marvel movies have come out since then — but that’s no reason for Black Panther to back down now.

Marvel’s acclaimed movie just made history again by becoming the third film ever to make more than $700 million, according to BoxOffice Mojo’s weekend report. This puts the movie just behind two other box office smashers, Avatar ($760 million) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936 million).

When the movie was first released, it took home an astounding $291 million dollars and kept up the momentum as number one at the box office for five weeks. Even when the movie was announced to get its home release, the Ryan Coogler film was still in theaters. And when Marvel’s next movie, Avengers: Infinity War came out on April 27, you’d be right to believe that Black Panther was still being shown in theaters.

Now it’s been about 25 weeks since Black Panther‘s first premiere. Marvel’s “newcomer” Ant-Man and the Wasp is out in theaters, Infinity War still has showings, and a quick search shows that Black Panther is indeed still in theaters for anyone who wants to see the movie for the twenty-fifth time. (Albeit, most showing are at AMC theaters in IMAX, but it’s still in theaters nonetheless.)

The only crown Black Panther hasn’t been able to take is crossing the $2 billion internationally. Infinity Wars was able to reach such a rare achievement, but the international market puts Black Panther nearly there, at about $1.346 million dollars. That still puts Black Panther in the top 10 worldwide grossing movies, right at number nine. It’s trailing some of its other Marvel siblings, which includes the first Avengers, Age of Ultron, and (of course) Infinity War.

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Since the summer is still in full swing, it’s likely that moviegoers will want to take some time to see Black Panther (again) in theaters. Yes, the movie’s out on Blu-ray, but nothing beats seeing the miraculous world of Wakanda (and also the miraculous faces of Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan) on the big screen. So it’s likely that Black Panther will keep rolling in and collecting dollars all through the summer.