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25th Mar 2018

Black Panther becomes US’s highest grossing superhero movie

The Marvel film has smashed yet another record

Oli Dugmore

The Marvel film just became the top-grossing superhero movie of all time in North America

Black Panther, the first blockbuster superhero theatrical release to feature a predominantly black cast, has become the top-grossing superhero movie of all time in North America, surpassing The Avengers which grossed $623.4 million in 2012.

It is now one of only seven films to gross more than $600 million in the American market.

The movie cost $200 million to produce, before marketing costs, and after this weekend is expected to close at an international gross higher than Iron Man 3‘s $1.214 billion. That would make it the third biggest comic book adaptation globally, behind The Avengers ($1.5 billion) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.4 billion).

Black Panther is unprecedented in being a marquee cinematic release with close to an all black cast. Chadwick Boseman stars as T’Challa/Black Panther alongside Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.

The highest grossing films in North America to date, not adjusted for inflation

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) – $936,662,225
  2. Avatar (2009) – $760,507,625
  3. Titanic (1997) – $659,363,944
  4. Jurassic World (2015) – $652,270,625
  5. Black Panther (2017) – $624,00,00~
  6. The Avengers (2012) – $623,357,910
  7. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) – $619,896,809
  8. The Dark Knight (2008) – $534,858,444
  9. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – $532,177,324
  10. Beauty and the Beast (2017) – $504,014,165