It was inevitable really, but Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther has now passed $1 billion at the worldwide box office, becoming the fifth Marvel Studios film to do so (after Avengers Assemble, Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Civil War).
After another impressive weekend – the third-highest fourth weekend of all time behind only Avatar and Star Wars: The Force Awakens – the 18th entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe earned $41.1 million domestically. Black Panther is officially the first film since The Force Awakens to top the American box office for four weeks in a row, and is the second-highest grossing superhero film of all time in the US – trailing behind only Avengers Assemble.
On a budget of $200 million before marketing, the Wakandan warrior now sits at $1.08 billion globally. This week marked the film’s final opening weekend as it graced China’s multiplexes, and earned a respectable $60 million in the process.
Black Panther is still in UK cinemas now and stars Chadwick Boseman as the titular king, alongside Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Forest Whittaker, Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman, and Andy Serkis.