Black Panther Passes The Dark Knight To Become Highest Grossing Solo Superhero Movie

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Black Panther has truly muscled his way into box office history.

Of course, that’s been the story ever since the standalone Marvel film debuted to a record $200M-plus opening weekend in North America. The good news keeps coming, too, as Ryan Coogler’s Afrocentric revelation is now the highest grossing solo superhero movie of all-time.

That’s thanks to another impressive weekend at the box office, where it pulled in $41 million to bring its total on home turf to $562 million, surpassing The Dark Knight ($534 million) and becoming the seventh-highest grossing movie ever domestically. It’s in good company, too, with the only pics placing higher being The Last JediThe AvengersTitanicAvatarJurassic World and The Force Awakens.

Circling back to superhero films in particular, though, and Panther now only has the aforementioned Marvel team-up movie standing in its way, with Joss Whedon’s 2012 effort sitting pretty at $623.4 million. Then again, we’ve also got Avengers: Infinity War quickly approaching and though initial box office estimates are a bit low, it’s all but certain that those will soon be revised. After all, with the amount of hype surrounding it, there’s no doubt that the event movie to end all event movies is going to break every imaginable record on its way to the top of the charts.

But we digress. In regards to Black Panther, its global cume is equally impressive, too, and currently stands at just over $1 billion. That’s enough to place the pic in the 21st spot on the all-time worldwide list, and with the film still going strong at the box office and at least a few more big weekends left, it’ll surely climb even higher.

Where exactly it’ll end off when all is said and done, we don’t know, but at this point, no one can deny what a tremendous success Marvel’s latest effort has been and given how well-crafted a movie it is, all we can do at this point is sit back and watch with a big smile on our face as T’Challa continues to claw his way to the top.

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