Since then, T'Challa and crew have broken down a slew of other barriers including Fandango's presale ticket record. Ryan Coogler's Marvel film is about to reach another milestone when it surpasses The Avengers' North American gross to become the highest-grossing superhero movie in the U.S. To achieve the milestone, Black Panther clawed its way past fellow Marvel Studios blockbuster The Avengers, which pulled in $623.4 million in the USA when it was released in 2012.
To say that the astronomical success of Black Panther was unexpected, is so much of an understatement that it's nearly insulting, not only to the movie itself, but to the notion of what anything "unexpected" truly may be.
We've written about this before in regards to Black Panther, but it bears repeating: the old Hollywood lie that "black movies don't travel" should be well and truly dead after this box office record-breaker. The film also became one of seven films ever to earn more than $600 million domestically. 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.
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Its numbers at the global box office are even bigger. That will leave it in third place behind The Avengers' $1.5 billion and Avengers: Age of Ultron's $1.4 billion, but it could certainly still catch them.
Black Panther has shattered numerous milestones since opening in theaters on February 16. Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs" scored one of the year's best specialty releases with $1.6 million in 27 theaters.