#WakandaForever: 'Black Panther' Becomes All-Time Top-Grossing Superhero Film In The US

#WakandaForever: 'Black Panther' Becomes All-Time Top-Grossing Superhero Film In The US

Ryan Coogler's superhero flick has also grossed $1.2 billion globally and is the fifth Marvel film to earn over $1 billion in theaters.

Black Panther reached $630 million (£445.6 million) in earnings on Saturday, flying past the $623.4 million (£440.9 million) earned by first outing of Tony Stark and pals to become the highest grossing superhero movie ever in the country.

Marvel's Black Panther has now passed Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the domestic box office. The Avengers movies have historically been Marvel's biggest box office performers, and this one is sure to benefit from a number of advantages.

Chadwick Boseman stars as Black Panther's title character, amid a cast that also includes Michael B. Jordan and Oscar victor Lupita Nyong'o.

Black Panther has become the highest grossing superhero ever in the U.S., with profits in excess of $630 million (£445.6 million), outstripping the original Avengers movie which conquered cinema in 2012.

Disney now owns eight of those 14 films to have crossed $1.2 billion worldwide. (It says a lot about the success of this movie that "fourth-biggest superhero movie of all time" isn't even one of its best accolades.) With a little more than $1.2 billion in box office so far, Black Panther will need until Sunday to surpass Iron Man 3's $1.214 billion. The only two movies ahead of it are The Avengers with $1.5 billion followed by Avengers: Age of Ultron at $1.4 billion.

By extension, Infinity War only benefits from its proximity to Black Panther's release. So far, it's tied for Rotten Tomatoes' highest-rated superhero movie ever and is the highest-grossing solo superhero movie at the US box office. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said there's "nothing specific to reveal, other than to say we absolutely will do that", but he also added, "We have ideas and a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one".