At some point on Saturday, “Black Panther” is officially going to become the third highest grossing film of all time at the U.S. box office.
T’Challa and company has had James Cameron‘s “Titanic” in their sights for a bit now, especially after the movie blew past “Jurassic World.” The biggest success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far can now also claim something even larger.
The King of the World has been bested by the King of Wakanda. Furthermore, the film shows no signs of slowing down, even months after release.
The Hollywood Reporter detailed the success, which puts “Black Panther” above the $659,363,944 that Cameron’s epic hauled in. Ryan Coogler‘s take on the Marvel hero has caught on in a way that no other comic book film ever has. The MCU had been building up to “Avengers: Infinity War” for a decade, but it turns out that this almost afterthought at the time of production is their true show pony. It’s a staggering success that’s worthy of high praise.
The latest accomplishment: The Disney and Marvel superhero tentpole passed up James Cameron’s Titanic on Saturday to rank as the third top-grossing title of all time at the North American box office behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936.7 million) and Avatar ($760.5 million), not adjusted for inflation.
Black Panther finished Friday with a domestic total of $659.3 million, just shy of the $659.5 million grossed by Titanic, which sailed into theaters in late 1997.
Globally, Black Panther has grossed $1.29 billion, ranking as the No. 10 title of all time.
It would take another $100 million to overtake Cameron’s other juggernaut in “Avatar,” so it seems certain that “Black Panther” will rest comfortably as the third biggest film of all time, domestically. Congrats to all involved!