Black Panther is now the top-grossing superhero movie of all time in the US.
Marvel‘s latest release has received acclaim across the board. In a four-star review, NME said: “It’s a joyful, chest-voice statement that there are other voices to be heard in blockbuster cinema and new worlds to be seen. This is a vitally important film and an absolute, watch-it-again-immediately blast.”
Yesterday (March 24), the film surpassed the previous title-holder The Avengers. That movie grossed $623.4 million (£441m) in 2012, while Black Panther has now brought in $630.9 million (£446.3m). It is now fifth on the all-time list, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Worldwide, the hit blockbuster has also grossed $1.237 billion (£875.3m), moving past Iron Man‘s $1.214 billion (£859m) to make it the third highest-grossing superhero flick in history at the global box office. Black Panther only cost $200 million (£141.5m) to make.
Recently, the movie became the most tweeted about film of all time, beating Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The most shared tweets about the film included Kendrick Lamar‘s soundtrack announcement (retweeted over 240,000 times), a viral video of man on another person’s shoulders trying to only pay for one ticket at a screening (over 182,000 retweets) and Michelle Obama’s resounding endorsement of the movie (almost 140,000 retweets).
It also smashed box office records on its opening weekend, netting an estimated $387 million (£278m). It is the first major superhero film to feature an predominately black cast, starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B Jordan, and Letitia Wright.