'Black Panther' becomes highest-grossing superhero film in the US

Not adjusted for inflation, Black Panther is now the fifth highest-grossing movie in USA history, only behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936.6 million), Avatar ($760.5 million), Titanic ($659.3 million), and Jurassic World ($652.2 million).

The top-Tweeted box office hits of 2018 so far remain #BlackPanther, Star Wars: #TheLastJedi and Avengers: #InfinityWar, in that order. James Cameron's Avatar was the last film to sit in first place at the U.S. box office for at least five weekends, earning that honor for seven weeks in 2009 and 2010. Globally, the film now has a total of $1.23 billion, putting it at No. 12 on the all-time charts and ahead of the $1.21 billion made five years ago by "Iron Man 3".

It took six weeks but "Black Panther" has finally been unseated as the top film at the box office. The film earned praise for its progressive values, mostly black cast, sympathetic portrayal of African cultures, and performances. Opposite him are the likes of Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis. There's no doubt Black Panther will pass both Age of Ultron and The Avengers.

Black Panther has made $606.4 million from worldwide markets, pushing its global haul to $1.2 billion since its release in February. Not only has this fact been proven by figures, Black Panther has awoken a powerful movement amongst people of color.

"Black Panther" isn't expected to hold this record for long, however.

Ryan Coogler's film is also the best-reviewed film of the 18-movie series, with a 97% rating on review aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes.

  • Gwendolyn Kim