Black Panther Is the US' Top-Grossing Superhero Movie, Ever

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While Titanic's total includes re-releases, it's worth noting that all the aforementioned totals are unadjusted for ticket price inflation, as is standard procedure for calculating box office records.

Internationally, Black Panther is still in fourth place among superhero flicks.

Black Panther won its fifth consecutive weekend this past week over new releases A Wrinkle in Time and Tomb Raider, marking the first time any movie has won five straight weekends at the box office since Avatar in 2009.

Black Panther is expected to have earned $630.9 million by the end of the weekend, rocketing past The Avengers' final cume of $623 million. The Avengers was Marvel's first major superhero ensemble effort, and it arrived at precisely the moment the Marvel Cinematic Universe reached peak popularity. The Avengers ($1.5 billion) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.4 billion) sit in the number one and number two spots.

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Black Panther is now only the seventh film to ever earn more than $600 million (£424.4 million) at the North American box office. This should prove unequivocally that Hollywood can open up movies with predominantly non-white talent and still be succcessful at the box office.

He will also feature in next month's crossover release Avengers: Infinity War, as well as its now untitled sequel, which will be out next year. In addition to the allure of seeing more than 40 familiar faces duking it out on screen, Infinity War benefits from bringing in moviegoers from all corners of MCU fandom.

Black Panther is now playing. It also has shattered the long-perceived notion that a movie with an all-black cast can't be marketable worldwide. That wave alone should carry Infinity War to a massive box office.