Raking in another $27 million on its way to becoming the highest grossing superhero movie of all time, Black Panther has now passed the $600 million domestic mark and, with another $30 million in global grosses, over $1.18 billion worldwide. The reboot of the popular video game franchise starring Alicia Vikander fell a bit below expectations and well short of 2001's Tomb Raider which had an opening weekend of $47.7 million.
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Yet last week, "Black Panther" even bested Disney's own "A Wrinkle in Time", Ava DuVernay's adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 novel of the same name.
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Starring Chadwick Boseman as the king of a utopian African country, "Black Panther" is days away from overtaking another Marvel film, "The Avengers", as the all-time top-grossing superhero film in North America.
Digging in its claws, "Black Panther" clung to its domestic box office lead for a fifth straight week, taking $26.7 million as Disney's other marquee release "A Wrinkle in Time" crashed and burned, data showed Monday.
While most films see a significant drop off after they're released, Black Panther has beaten the odds and continues to draw in support from fans, who've seen the film multiple times. Avatar - which also just so happened to be the highest-grossing movie of all time. And it's likely to eventually pass "Jurassic World" at $652.3 million for fourth place and "Titanic" at $659 million for third place.