‘Black Panther’ Passes ‘The Avengers’ as Top-Grossing Superhero Movie at US Box Office



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“Black Panther” is now one of the top five highest grossing films in domestic box office history, and the top superhero film on the charts.
The latest Marvel movie passed the $623 million made by “The Avengers” on its sixth Saturday in theaters, grossing $7.76 million to bring its domestic total to $626.5 million. The film is estimated to raise its cume to $631 million after today, giving it a sixth weekend total of $17.5 million.
With this result, “Black Panther” also passed the domestic total of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which made $619 million this past winter. It is expected to at least take the No. 3 spot on the all-time domestic charts, passing “Jurassic World” with $652 million and “Titanic” with $659 million (unadjusted for inflation).
The highest grossing film in domestic history is “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with $936.6 million, followed by “Avatar” with $760.5 million. Last week, “Black Panther” became the first film since 2009’s “Avatar” to be the highest grossing film at the box office for five straight weekends. Globally, the film now has a total of $1.23 billion, putting it at No. 12 on the all-time charts and ahead of the $1.21 billion made five years ago by “Iron Man 3.”
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“Black Panther” isn’t expected to hold this record for long, however. Box office analysts who spoke with TheWrap project the highly anticipated “Avengers: Infinity War” to gross at least $700 million domestic.
But even if it’s a short-lived visit to the top of the superhero charts, “Black Panther” will have played a major part in the interest for the next “Avengers” film, as several characters from Ryan Coogler’s adventure will appear in it with Wakanda serving as the setting for its climax.

“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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