Marvel’s Black Panther is shattering records everywhere. The film has already surpassed another major superhero film at the box office – DC’s Justice League. Ryan Coogler who directed the film co-wrote the script with screenwriter Joe Robert Cole. The film stars Chadwick Boseman as the eponymous superhero. After being stuck in development for 24 years, T’Challa’s story was finally brought to life onto the silver screen
Black Panther opened at $201.8 million at the domestic box office (wiping out Deadpool‘s opening record to become the fifth highest-grossing opening weekend of all-time), in addition to this it even raked in $169 million from the overseas box office. So far, Black Panther has earned approximately $371 million worldwide in its opening weekend. That places it as the 15th highest-grossing opening film ever, after 2013’s Iron Man 3 ($372.5 million) and a little ahead of 2017’s Beauty and the Beast ($357 million). The thing is, Black Panther‘s 4-day gross is topping even more movies.
Black Panther is estimated to earn at least $235 million if not more over the next few days. This places the film third behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens($288 million) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($241.5 million) in the box office charts. What’s even more impressive is that it even surpassed 2017’s Justice League, which earned only $228.6 million throughout its entire cinematic run
Black Panther has not only surpassed some of the DCEU films, but has also surpassed six of Marvel’s 17 films in the MCU including 2008’s The Incredible Hulk ($134.8 million), 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger ($176.6 million), 2015’s Ant-Man ($180.2 million), 2011’s Thor ($181 million), 2013’s Thor: The Dark World($206.3 million), and 2016’s Doctor Strange ($232.6 million). If Black Panther continues to break box office records in the coming weeks, it will most likely surpass 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($259.76 million) .
Black Panther spent more than two decades in development, with multiple studios trying to create T’Challa’s story. The carefully curated The Black Panther film, as well as the successful expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, helped the blockbuster movie achieve its success today. Black Panther character was first introduced in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. The introduction of T’Challa ignited the interest of the character so much that there was subsequent interest in the title film as well. Regardless of this, no one had expected Black Panther to perform this well at the box office which in itself is a very good thing.