If there were ever a more appropriate time to scream out “Wakanda Forever” it would be now.
Ryan Coogler’s Marvel adaptation “Black Panther” has become the first film in 2018 to hit $1 billion in the global box office in just 26 days.
The highly anticipated blockbuster film became one of the 33 movies in history to make $1 billion at the global box office. It’s also one of the 12 films to reach this milestone in under a month and is now Walt Disney Studios 16th film to cross the $1 billion mark.
The film joins “The Avengers”, “Avengers: Age of Ultron, “Iron Man 3”, and “Captain America: Civil War as the fifth Marvel film to cross that mark but according to Box Office Mojo, the only Marvel film to have sat atop the box office for four weeks straight.
The groundbreaking superhero film has also broken other various records since its release. It has the fifth highest opening weekend in movie history for a film helmed by a black director, the third highest gross in history for a film released over a four day weekend and it’s become the strongest February release of all time after beating out “Deadpool” which brought in $15.2 million over the course of President’s Day weekend.
“Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong.” Coogler said in a letter thanking Black Panther fans. “It still humbled me to think that people care enough to spend their money and time watching our film.”