The Marvel Superhero movie, Black Panther is here to break records. It has now taken more than a billion US dollars (£794m) at cinemas worldwide to become the fifth movie based in Disney’s Marvel Universe to hit the milestone.
The film stars Chadwick Boseman as the crime-fighting ruler of Wakanda, potraying a fictional African nation with the most advanced technology on earth. Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B Jordan and Daniel Kaluuya play key roles, with The Hobbit star Martin Freeman as CIA agent are also among the cast.
Based on Disney’s estimate of ticket sales, the film passed the $1bn mark on the 26th day of its release and earlier this week UK figures showed Black Panther was out-selling fellow superhero outings Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, after grossing £35.4m in three weeks.
Black Panther is now the seventh-highest-grossing domestic film of all time and the first film since Star Wars: The Force Awakens to lead the North American box office for four straight weekends. It has grossed $US1.08 billion ($1.2b) worldwide, making stand firmly among the highest of all time.
According to a Film information site, IMDB, only 32 movies have scored a box office billion, including 2012 James Bond offering Skyfall, the 2017 Beauty and the Beast reboot starring Emma Watson among others.
Black Panther has been widely praised as game-changing – including by Michelle Obama – for having a largely black cast and a black director, Ryan Coogler.