Already almost two weeks into its box office stint, Marvel’s Black Panther is still tearing up the box office. If we measured superhero battles by box office pull, it seems former B-Lister Black Panther is more powerful than the legendary Wonder Woman and the ultra-popular Spider-Man.
Following its February 16 release date, the king of Wakanda has been raking in the cash, and has passed $420 million at the U.S. box office, pushing it past Wonder Woman‘s $412-million take after passing Spidey’s most recent outing in addition to all the wall-crawler’s previous showings. It’s also breached the top 20 for all-time domestic take, sitting poised to take down another big cat, Disney’s Lion King, as well as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It’s also in the top 100 for worldwide gross, having passed Up, Suicide Squad, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The movie is showing impressive staying power. It’s second weekend was the second-biggest of all time, with only Star Wars: The Force Awakens sitting ahead of it, and showed the smallest second-week decline of any MCU movie yet.
I loved Black Panther – check out my review for the skinny – and it deserves every bit of success it’s getting. If it’s doing this well, though, just imagine what we’re in for when Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 6.