Disney’s megahit Black Panther has passed the $1 billion mark at the global box office.
The studio said Saturday that the milestone is based on Disney’s estimate of ticket sales. The announcement comes on the 26th day of release for the blockbuster. The movie is directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan.
Disney notes that “Black Panther” is the fifth film in its Marvel universe to reach the milestone. The others are “The Avengers,” ‘’Avengers: Age of Ultron,” ‘’Iron Man 3,” and “Captain America: Civil War.”
When adjusted for inflation, Black Panther’s $562 million domestic total now sits behind only Batman ($251m in 1989/$577m adjusted), Spider-Man ($403m in 2002/$638m adjusted), The Dark Knight ($534m in 2008/$684m adjusted) and The Avengers ($623m in 2012/$706m adjusted).
Black Panther is presumably going to catch up with the unadjusted domestic total of The Avengers and probably the inflation-adjusted total of Spider-Man. If it holds on to screens and Tomb Raider, Pacific Rim and Ready Player One don’t click, it may pass the unadjusted totals of Avengers, Jurassic World ($652m in 2015) and Titanic ($658m including reissues) for the bronze among domestic earners behind Avatar ($760m) and The Force Awakens ($937m).
Overseas figures are no less impressive. While word of mouth wasn’t great, it snagged a $66.5 million debut weekend in China, including $7.4m in IMAX. And the movie has earned over $516m overseas alone, for a $1.078 billion global cume with at least a little gas left in the tank.
It now ranks as the 21st-biggest global grosser of all time and the sixth-biggest superhero movie behind only The Dark Knight Rises ($1.08b), Captain America: Civil War ($1.153b), Iron Man 3 ($1.215b), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.4b) and The Avengers ($1.5b). Once it passes Iron Man 3, it’ll be the biggest solo superhero flick and T’Challa will officially be Earth’s Mightiest Hero (cue “Fight As One” yet again).