‘Black Panther’ to Hit $500 Million Worldwide, Beats ‘Avengers’ Wednesday Record



After adding $29 million to its total on Wednesday, “Black Panther” now has a worldwide total of $491 million at the box office. The film will pass the half-billion mark today, hitting the milestone after just nine days in theaters.
On the domestic side, “Black Panther” set a new box office record for the Marvel Cinematic Universe by making $14.5 million on its first Wednesday. That’s a new record for the highest Wednesday total scored by the decade-old franchise, beating the $13.6 million mark set by “The Avengers” six years ago.
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The huge start for “Black Panther,” combined with the holdover grosses of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” has pushed the global revenue for Walt Disney Studios past $1 billion for 2018 after just 52 days. Disney has grossed over $5 billion worldwide for the past three years in a row, and is expected to do the same with a 2018 slate that includes “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” and “The Incredibles 2.”
“Black Panther” is expected to easily hold on to the No. 1 spot at the box office this weekend, with a weekend total of over $100 million considered to be very likely by box office analysts. A result above that mark will make “Black Panther”‘s domestic total greater than all of Marvel Studios’ 2017 releases, with the film expected to make at least $600 million by the end of its theatrical run in North America. If the film hits $1 billion globally in less than 19 days, it will have done so faster than any other superhero movie in box office history.

“Black Panther” is a blockbuster watershed moment, smashing both box office records and expectations for what a majority African American film can do, and launching its brilliant cast to super-stardom. Here are the next projects the film’s stars have lined up.
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1. Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther)  Boseman will next be seen reprising the role of “Black Panther” in Marvel Studios upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Untitled Avengers Part 4.”
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2. Michael B. Jordan (Erik “Killmonger” Stevens)  Jordan, who brought gravitas and serious political significance to the role of villain Killmonger, will next make his second appearance as boxer Adonis Johnson in “Creed 2.”
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3. Daniel Kaluuya (W’Kabi)  Kaluuya, already a Best Actor Oscar nominee for his breakout role in “Get Out,” will next be seen in Steve McQueen’s “Widows.”
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4. Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia)  Oscar winner Nyong’o will next be seen opposite Josh Gad in the zombie horror-comedy “Little Monsters,” and is attached to the upcoming “Charlie’s Angels” reboot.
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5. Danai Gurira (Okoye)  Gurira practically steals the film as the head of the Dora Milaje, Wakanda’s special forces. She’ll be back in the role for “Avengers: Infinity War,” opening in May. Until then, fans can still watch her in her breakthrough role as Michonne on AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”
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6. Letitia Wright (Shuri)  Another “Black Panther” co-star who practically stole the film, Wright will next been seen in Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” which hits theaters March 29. And yes, she’ll also be back for “Avengers: Infinity War” in May.
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7. Forest Whitaker (Zuri)  The prolific Oscar winner has a busy slate with three more films lined up for 2018, including the thriller “How It Ends,” and “LAbyrinth” about the murders of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious BIG.
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8. Angela Bassett (Ramonda)  Bassett won’t be showing up in “Infinity War,” but you can get your fix this July with “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” where Bassett stars opposite Tom Cruise and Henry Cavill.
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9. Winston Duke (M’Baku)  Duke, whose portrayal of the powerful Wakandan nobleman and uneasy ally of T’challa was a “Black Panther” fan favorite, will reprise the role in “Avengers: Infinity War.”
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With “Black Panther” smashing through box office records, TheWrap takes a look at what’s next for the the cast of the global blockbuster

“Black Panther” is a blockbuster watershed moment, smashing both box office records and expectations for what a majority African American film can do, and launching its brilliant cast to super-stardom. Here are the next projects the film’s stars have lined up.

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