Runaway hit Black Panther has been smashing box office records since its initial debut in February. It had the best opening week for any Marvel movie ever, it boasts the biggest February box-office opening, and it even tied Avatar for longest run at number one at the box office for five weeks.
Now, Ryan Coogler’s blockbuster about King T’Challa has achieved another milestone after sailing past Titanic as the third-highest grossing movie of all time in the United States.
Twenty years ago, Cameron’s epic about the doomed luxury liner finished its domestic run with $659.3 million at the box office. Friday’s estimates show Black Panther collected an additional 2.3 million, bringing its domestic total to around $661 million. Box office experts say the Marvel epic starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan looks likely to finish third behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936.6 million) and Avatar (760.5 million).
That’s not the only good news for Coogler and Marvel. Variety reports that Black Panther will become the first movie to be shown in Saudi Arabia in 35 years after the conservative country ended its ban on cinema. The removal of the ban on movies is part of an effort by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to transform Saudi society.
Marvel’s next superhero epic, Avengers: Infinity War, which brings characters from all 18 films together from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is set to be released on April 27th