‘Black Panther’ has crossed the $1 billion dollar mark at the box office

It's currently the third largest-grossing superhero movie

Black Panther has officially passed the $1 billion dollar mark at the worldwide box office, a mere four weeks after it’s release.

The comic book adaptation stars Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa, the beleagured leader of fictional kingdom Wakanda, alongside Luptia Nyong’o and Michael B Jordan.

It’s the fifth Marvel movie to hit the mark after The Avengers, Avengers: Ultron, Iron Man 3 and Captain America: Civil War.

Black Panther is also the 33rd film to join the $1 billion dollar club and the 16th Disney title to do so.

The Marvel movie has been acclaimed by fans and critics alike since its release last month, with the film recently achieving the rare honour of attaining a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The huge success of Black Panther has also resulted in a surge of black cats being adopted in the US.

As claimed by a much-shared Tumblr post, one animal shelter in Colorado has seen between 50 and 60 black cats being adopted in a short space of time following the release of Black Panther.

Meanwhile, actor Michael B Jordan has pledged to insert an “inclusion rider” clause into his future movie contracts.

The clause, which can be added to actors’ contracts at their request, has been around since 2016 and was co-created by University of Southern California communications professor Dr. Stacy Smith, civil rights and employment practice attorney Kalpana Kotagal and producer and actor Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni.

“In support of the women & men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society,” Jordan wrote on Instagram.

“I’ve been privileged to work with powerful woman & persons of colour throughout my career & it’s Outlier’s mission to continue to create for talented individuals going forward.”