The example often cited is the "Madea" movie franchise from Tyler Perry, which has made more than half a billion dollars across eight releases since 2005 - but with only one percent contributed from overseas markets. Surpassing Marvel's Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, Black Panther has earned the title of Marvel's 10th highest grossing film.
Marvel Studios' Black Panther rules at the box office, adding yet another feather to Marvel's glorious hat. It opens in Russian Federation on Monday, followed by Japan next weekend and China on March 9.
Now Black Panther has additionally scored the second-biggest second weekend gross of all time unadjusted for inflation, beating Jurassic World's $106.5 million but falling behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens' $149 million.
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Black Panther has found love among critics too.
Starring alongside Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o, Boseman plays the titular superhero also known as T'Challa, king and protector of the technologically advanced fictional African nation of Wakanda, an affluent, never-colonized utopia.
Annihilation came in fourth behind Sony holdover Peter Rabbit, which took in $12.5 million in its third weekend for a domestic total of $71.2 million. The consensus reads, " Black Panther elevates superhero cinema to thrilling new heights while telling one of the MCU's most absorbing stories - and introducing some of its most fully realized characters". Angourie Rice, Justice Smith, Debby Ryan and Maria Bello star.
Among holdovers, Universal's Fifty Shades Freed rounded out the top five domestically with $7 million as it whipped past the $300 million mark globally, including $89.6 million in North America and $230.8 million internationally for a $320.4 million cume. Updated with revised grosses.