Black Panther is now officially a member of the $1 billion club.
Marvel's latest juggernaut just crossed the $1 billion mark in the worldwide box office, and more astounding is it did it in only 26 days (via Variety). Domestically alone the film has already brought in $521 million, ranking it as the ninth highest movie of all time. It even has a chance move further up that list, as it is not very far away from The Dark Night's $535 million.
It will be the 16th Disney movie to reach that $1 billion total and the fifth Marvel Studios project. That elite group includes films like The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3, and Captain America: Civil War. All-time Black Panther could overtake a few more competitors before it completes its run. Ahead of it are films like The Dark Knight, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Zootopia, Alice In Wonderland, and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.
As to why the film is resonating with audiences, director Ryan Coogler credits it to a few reasons, but one of the most significant ones is that Black Panther is not like other superhero films.
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"But I also think that this movie has a lot of weird combinations," he continues. "We’re dealing with a guy who’s royal, like Thor, but he’s from Earth, which changes things. It gives it context and grounds it in a way. Even though we’re doing a lot of fantastical elements, fantastical technology, it still kind of grounds it in a way that’s very unique. So you have these things that are working at opposite ends."
Black Panther hits Digital HD, Blu-ray, and DVD later this year, and is in theaters now.