Marvel Studios Black Panther has absolutely crushed it at the box office as the film becomes the third movie ever to reach $700 million domestically in the U.S.
Black Panther hit the mark on Sunday, August 5, as it has a domestic haul of $700,059,566.
The film shattered February box office records in its debut with $242.1 million over President’s Day weekend, including a Thursday preview / Friday to Sunday gross of $202 million, followed by one of the biggest second weekends in history with $111.7 million.
Black Panther is the biggest superhero release of all time in North America – even bigger than The Avengers: Infinity War ($678.4 million) – and with an A+ CinemaScore and an exceptional 97% Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has been celebrated by critics and audiences alike.
Earning an additional $646.7 million internationally, Black Panther’s global total has risen to $1.346 billion to date, ranking as the second biggest film of the year behind only Avengers: Infinity War ($2.045 billion).
Following the release, a Black Panther sequel was also confirmed to be happening.
“We absolutely will do that,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said of a Black Panther 2. “One of the favorite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around on a Part One and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a Part Two. There have been plenty of those conversations as we were putting together the first Black Panther. We have ideas and a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one.”
Look for the actors from Black Panther to return in The Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019.
Joe Russo also recently said he looks forward to seeing more from Danai Gurira as fan-favorite Okoye in The Avengers 4.
“It’s unfortunate because half of them are gone now, but of the ones that are left?” Joe Russo said. “Danai did, I thought, amazing work in Infinity War. And I think that that character is very powerful and super compelling, and I think there’s a lot of places to go with that character.”
Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman.