The King of Wakanda is the undisputed king of the box office as Marvel’s Black Panther continues to smash records.
According to Variety, the film has the highest grossing first week ever for a Marvel Studios film, raking in $292 million in its first week.
That’s $22 million more than “The Avengers” grossed in its first week in 2012. “Black Panther” earned $14.3 million on Thursday, or nearly $2 million more than “The Avengers.” It has also made $228 million internationally, led by the U.K. with $31.9 million, for a $520 million worldwide total as the must-see tentpole heads into its second weekend.
Disney noted on Friday that Marvel comparative titles have declined on average of 53% domestically, with the exception of “The Avengers,” which only dropped 45%. Applying those drop-offs to “Black Panther,” which opened with a $176.5 million Friday-Sunday (without Thursday night previews), would indicate a second weekend somewhere in the $83 million to $95 million range. “Deadpool” and “Captain America: Civil War” each fell 53%, and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” declined by 52%.
That’s almost as much as The Last Jedi in its first week ($296.6 million) and more than DC’s Man of Steel made during its entire run.
This film has definitely moved T’Challa from a B-list Marvel character to a certified A-lister, taking a seat next to Captain America, Iron Man and Spider-Man.
So do you think there will be a sequel? Yeah, I think there will be a sequel.
The Black Panther will return later this year in Avengers: Infinity War, alongside practically every other Marvel Cinematic Universe hero to date.