Black Panther by Monday will pass Jurassic World ($652 million in 2015) to sit behind only Titanic ($658m including reissues), Avatar ($760m in 2009/2010) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($937m in 2015/2016). By the way, when that happens then Black Panther will be the biggest grossing movie ever to A) not released on that pre-Christmas weekend and B) make all its money in a single calendar year. That may be arbitrary, but it should be noted that inflation notwithstanding, it did this without the benefit of the Christmas-to-New Years stretch and without any summer season advantages.
It crossed $640 million mark at the domestic box office on Friday and now sits with $643.5m. It should near $650m by Sunday night. That means, when adjusted for inflation, that the Ryan Coogler-directed MCU flick has essentially sold more tickets than any comic book movie aside from The Dark Knight ($534m in 2008/$684m adjusted for inflation) and The Avengers ($623m in 2012/$705m adjusted). Yes, it has now sold more tickets in North America, give-or-take 3D bumps and various IMAX/PLF/D-Box upcharges, than Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man ($403m in 2002/$638m adjusted) to be the third-biggest “tickets-sold” superhero movie ever.
With an over/under $1.27 billion global total by tomorrow (it just topped $1.25b and should surpass Beauty and the Beast‘s $1.263b cume today), Black Panther has whipped the competition in 2018.
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