In the space of four short days, Ryan Coogler’s origin story racked up $404 million globally – $235 million of which was made at the domestic box office. That figure puts it just ahead of Justice League‘s domestic total ($228 million), which simultaneously draws attention to Marvel’s triumph, and Warner’s cinematic car crash.
That’s not to say that Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s ill-fated DC tentpole was beyond saving, of course, but now that the final numbers have been counted, Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) has touched on the meteoric success of Black Panther in a rather cheeky Instagram post. As you’ll no doubt remember, before John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Spider-Man: Homecoming) climbed aboard, Famuyiwa was one of the directors originally attached to Flashpoint at Warner Bros., but ultimately left the standalone project over creative differences.
And, well, it appears the director still harbors a grudge against Warner; either that, or he’s simply pleased to see a movie with a predominantly African-American cast reign supreme at the box office. Whatever the case, we’ve taken a screenshot of the Instagram post and included it below on the off-chance that Famuyiwa walks back his supposed ‘insult’.
As you can see, Famuyiwa simply posted a screenshot of The Wrap article revealing that Black Panther made more at the domestic box office in four days than Justice League did in three months, so take from that what you will.
Flashpoint, meanwhile, is beginning to make serious headway at Warner Bros. now that John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have been appointed at the helm. On the other side of fence, Marvel’s Black Panther has sunk its claws into the global box office, and there’s no telling how high those numbers will climb.