Marvel's Black Panther set yet another impressive record today, although this record comes from social media, not at the box office. Twitter announced that Black Panther has more than 35 million tweets and counting, which is enough to surpass Star Wars movies The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi as the most tweeted-about movie of all time. The most tweets about the movie came from the United States, the U.K. and Thailand.
Twitter also broke down some other interesting stats, revealing that the most tweeted-about emojis linked to Black Panther tweets are the fire emoji, black heart and crown. The three most popular hashtags are #BlackPanther, #WakandaForever and #Wakanda, each of which automatically brings up the Black Panther mask emoji. The three most tweeted-about characters are Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and Shuri (Letitia Wright). The Killmonger character likely got a big bump after a story went viral about a young girl who broke her retainer after watching Killmonger take his shirt off.
Twitter also revealed that Black Panther is atop the most tweeted-about movies of 2018, behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. With just over a month left until Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters, it's possible that this Marvel Phase 3 adventure could ultimately break Black Panther's record, especially since there will be a number of Black Panther characters featured in Infinity War, along with a pivotal battle sequence teased in the trailers that takes place in the fictional country of Wakanda.
This social media record shouldn't come as much of a surprise, since Black Panther has been dominating the cinematic landscape ever since debuting last month. It became the first movie since Avatar to win its first five weekends in a row, and with its domestic total at $607.2 million, it will become the highest-grossing superhero movie ever at the domestic box office, passing the $623.3 million mark set by The Avengers in 2012. It will also pass Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($619.8 million) and The Avengers to become the fifth highest-grossing movie ever. Whether it can hold on to outlast Jurassic World ($652.2 million) in fourth place or Titanic ($659.3 million) in third place remains to be seen.
Despite this overwhelming success at the box office, Marvel has still not officially announced a Black Panther sequel at this time, but there have been talks of multiple spin-offs and sequels that are reportedly in the works. While most box office analysts figured Black Panther would do well, even in its mid-February frame, which isn't always conducive to box office success, hardly no one could have predicted the movie would be this big of a smash hit, dominating at the box office through the end of March. Take a look at the series of tweets below, courtesy of Twitter Movies, announcing that Black Panther has become the most tweeted-about movie of all time.