Black Panther roars past $1billion at the box office

Black Panther has passed the $1 billion-dollar mark [£714million] at the worldwide box office –  just four weeks after its release.

According to Forbes, the film achieved the feat on Friday 9 March, marking another milestone and challenging industry norms about movies with predominantly black casts.

Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige said “absolutely” there will be a Black Panther sequel.

“One of the favourite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around on a Part One and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a Part Two,” he said.

The international success of Black Panther has helped break “unwritten Hollywood rules,” Jeff Bock, a senior analyst at entertainment research firm Exhibitor Relations, told The New York Times.

“I think about it like a wall crumbling,” he continued. “In terms of Black Panther, no studio can say again, ’Oh, black movies don’t travel, overseas interest will be minimal.’”

The film continues to dominate the US box office, topping the charts for a fifth weekend in a row with a $27 million [£19.36 million] taking.

The Marvel blockbuster was expected to be beaten by the latest adaptation of Tomb Raider, the video-game adaptation stumbling out the starting blocks with a $23.5 million [£16.85 million] opening.

Black Panther has now become the first movie since Avatar to top the weekend charts for five straight weekends, while the gross itself makes the fourth-biggest fifth weekend of all time (behind Frozen, Titanic, and Avatar).

With a total domestic taking of $605.4 million [£434 million], the Ryan Coogler-directed flick has become only the seventh to pass the $600 million mark and the second-highest grossing superhero movie in the US — Avengers remains ahead with a total domestic gross of $623 million [£446.65 million].

Outside of the US, Black Panther took an additional $30 million [£21.51 million], while Tomb Raider managed $84.5 million, topping the international box office. China was the best market for the Alicia Vikander-fronted action movie, where it took $41.1 million [£29.47 million].

TNT Entertainment

Photo Credit: Black Panther Marvel Facebook

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