Black Panther continues to put itself on a level never before seen. The film has broken the Marvel Cinematic Universe record for highest-grossing first-week beating out stiff competition from 2012’s The Avengers.
According to reports, director Ryan Coogler‘s masterpiece earned $292 million in North America giving it just enough edge to knock out any other MCU release.
After posting monstrous totals at the box office each of the last seven days, Black Panther has set the new standard for the Marvel Cinematic Universe when it comes to opening weeks. Ryan Coogler’s film has earned $292 million in North America in its first week; the best of any MCU film to date. This impressive total was enough to knock off 2012’s The Avengers, a film that many believed would be on top of numerous Marvel records until the end of time. In its initial opening weekend, Avengers hauled in around $270 million, $22 million less than Black Panther has made over the last seven days. (Comic Book)
Recently, Top Dawg Entertainment’s Kendrick Lamar revealed his interest in playing a key role when Black Panther 2 goes into production.
In a new interview with BBC Radio 1 — following his fiery BRITs performance — host Clara Amfo asked Kendrick about the possibility of landing a cameo role in the next Black Panther flick. “Come on, I got to now!” the rapper responded, adding that he’d love to portray a multi-layered antagonist like Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger. “I really enjoy Killmonger’s character, just off the simple fact that he was a villain but he came with some real [talk]. … He was a villain but he was loved and misunderstood. So if I could, I’d play a Killmonger for sure.” (MTV)
After its first 96 hours, Black Panther turned into one of the biggest movie openings – ever.
Overall, Black Panther generated the fifth largest opening weekend of all-time (Friday-to-Sunday) behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248M), Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($220M), Jurassic World ($208.8M), and The Avengers ($207.4M). That is amazing company. The much anticipated PG-13 super hero film was expected to be huge, but the results actually flew higher once movie fans had the chance to start coming out. The four-day average was a gargantuan $58,458 from 4,020 locations. (Rotten Tomatoes)
A few nights ago, Marvel Studios released a must-read open letter from Ryan Coogler about the film’s success.