On its fourth Friday in theaters, Marvel’s “Black Panther” became the 33rd film in box office history to cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office, hitting the mark on its opening day in China.
The Ryan Coogler tentpole is the 33rd movie to gross $1 billion at the global box office in just 26 days.
It’s the 16th Disney film to reach this milestone, and the fifth Marvel film to do so — joining the ranks of “The Avengers,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3,” and “Captain America: Civil War.”
The Disney’s mega hit was pushed over the mark by an estimated $22 million opening day total in China, as well as $9.9 million grossed in its fourth Friday in the U.S.
The film has made $521 million domestically, becoming the No. 2 superhero release of all time, surpassing “The Dark Knight.”
Receiving near-universal critical acclaim, the film recently achieved the rare feat of a 100 per cent “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Despite buzz over the history-making cast and crew behind it, Coogler said his first goal was to make a good film.
“First things first, it’s got to work as a movie. That’s hard enough to do,” Coogler told “CBS This Morning” in February. He said his past experience as an athlete helped him tune out the pressure.
“Thankfully I grew up playing football, playing sports and played in college and have been under high-pressure situations in that environment,” he said. “But when you let the pressure interfere too much, it can stop you from doing your work.”
Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige spoke to Entertainment Weekly where he said there “absolutely” will be a Black Panther sequel.
“One of the favourite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around on a Part One and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a Part Two,” he said.
“There have been plenty of those conversations as we were putting together the first Black Panther. We have ideas and a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one.”
The international success of Black Panther has helped break “unwritten Hollywood rules,” Jeff Bock, a senior analyst at entertainment research firm Exhibitor Relations, told The New York Times.
“I think about it like a wall crumbling,” he continued. “In terms of Black Panther, no studio can say again, ’Oh, black movies don’t travel, overseas interest will be minimal.’”