Marvel’s superhero blockbuster Black Panther has continued its spectacular box office run, with its third weekend taking the Ryan Coogler-directed movie beyond the $500 million mark domestically, and just shy of $900 million worldwide.
Black Panther grossed $65.7 million across Friday-to-Sunday in North America, the third-highest third weekend gross ever, to push its domestic haul to $501.1 million. That puts its ahead of Avengers: Age of Ultron to make it Marvel’s second-biggest domestic release behind The Avengers on $623.4 million, and the tenth biggest domestic release of all time.
Internationally, the film has added a further $396.6 million for a cumulative worldwide haul of $897.7 million. That’s mighty impressive, especially considering it is yet to open in China. It does so there this coming Friday, at which point it will likely have become the fifth Marvel Cinematic Universe release to hit $1 billion.
After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returnsohome to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.
Black Panther sees Ryan Coogler (Creed) directing Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa alongside Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, Martin Freeman as Everett Ross, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, John Kani as King T’Chaka and Nabiyah Be as Linda.