The character of Black Panther has numerous superpowers, from clairvoyance to incredible speed, but perhaps his greatest power is shattering box-office records. Since its release on Feb. 16, “Black Panther” has held firm as the No. 1 movie in America and has earned $506.4 million domestically ($909.8 million worldwide), as of press time, making it the ninth-highest-grossing film of all time.
Like the superhero, “Black Panther” continued to have amazing stamina, which means the movie is bound to climb higher on the list of all-time box-office champs. In the meantime, these are some records the movie has already established.
TOP-GROSSING MOVIE BY A BLACK DIRECTOR
Thanks to “Black Panther’s” massive box-office haul, Ryan Coogler has the distinction of helming the highest-grossing movie by a black filmmaker. The previous champ was F. Gary Gray, whose auto flick “The Fate of the Furious” (2017) took in $226 million in North America. Then again, if its $101.3 million domestic gross is adjusted for inflation, the real winner would be Sidney Poitier’s “Stir Crazy” (1980).
HIGHEST-GROSSING SOLO OR NONSEQUEL SUPERHERO MOVIE
Last year’s “Wonder Woman,” which raked in $413 million domestically, held the record as the biggest nonsequel and nonensemble superhero flick of all time. She’s been overtaken by “Black Panther,” though “Wonder Woman” still rules as the highest-grossing movie directed by a woman.
BIGGEST THIRD-WEEKEND GROSS FOR A NONHOLIDAY WEEKEND
Lightning has struck three times for “Black Panther” which has topped the box office three weekends in a row. Unlike late December releases “Avatar” (2009) and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015), which both earned more their first three weekends, “Black Panther” has the biggest third-weekend gross that wasn’t part of a holiday.
NO. 2 IN THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE
“Black Panther” has surpassed every Marvel superhero movie in terms of its domestic box office except for one. With $623.4 million, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is holding tightly to first place, but don’t be surprised if the unstoppable force known as “Black Panther” outpaces it over the next few weeks.