Marvel's Black Panther has officially joined the billion-dollar club at the worldwide box office. Ryan Coogler's first Marvel movie is now one of the highest grossing movies of all time and the 33rd movie to reach the billion-dollar mark. Additionally, Black Panther is the 6th Disney movie to earn over a billion dollars at the box office. The movie has now been in theaters for a month and it's continuing to break box office records, even competing with other Disney movies and crushing them.
Black Panther was expected to do well at the box office, but it has shattered all expectations since its release. It's now the 7th superhero movie to gain over a billion dollars at the box office and after this weekend, it will be the 2nd highest grossing superhero film of all time, passing Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, which grossed over $530 million domestically. The movie is now only behind Marvel's Avengers for the highest grossing superhero movie in box office history and it may even surpass it in a few weeks, if the buzz stays strong.
The news of the huge Box Office earnings comes after Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed that a sequel to Black Panther was in place with a story that is already reportedly "solid." A sequel always seemed like a sure bet, but now it's unavoidable since the movie has become a worldwide cultural phenomenon. Sequels and spin-offs were already talked about during the production of the first movie by Ryan Coogler and the producers, so more news regarding Black Panther 2 will start to slowly trickle in with time.
Out of all of the characters in the Black Panther universe, T'Challa's sister, Shuri, will end up making her mark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kevin Feige has already hinted that she will become a Tony Stark-style character for the Avengers and has already proven herself to far exceed his talents. Marvel fans are patiently waiting to see if Shuri and Stark have a meeting in Infinity War, which pretty much seems like a logical conclusion, since the finale of Infinity War will take place in Wakanda. It will be interesting to see how Shuri interacts with Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, showing off her intense new technology that's aided by Vibranium.
Black Panther continues to break box office records in its 4th weekend. Not many expected it to do as well as it has in such a short amount of time. The movie is now firmly in the top ten of highest grossing movies of all time, and that isn't just counting superhero movies. Ryan Coogler's Black Panther is a force to be reckoned with and is still in the running for a 4th consecutive number one weekend at the box office. Though A Wrinkle in Time beat the Friday contest, Black Panther could still very well take down the whole weekend. This report originated from The Hollywood Reporter.