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Black Panther Is Officially a $1 Billion Hit

Black Panther Is Officially a $1 Billion Hit

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Less than a month after hitting theaters, Black Panther has officially made over $1 billion at the global box office. It is now the fifth Marvel film in history to cross that mark, after The Avengers, Iron Man 3, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Winter Soldier. It’s also the first film of 2018 to hit $1 billion worldwide.

The cultural juggernaut, Marvel’s first major adaptation about the king of Wakanda, made history on Sunday, when the final numbers rolled in, landing a boost from markets like China, where the film has only been in theaters for a handful of days. (There, Black Panther earned $66.5 million in its first weekend.) The movie, which opened on February 16, was expected to be a massive hit considering the year-long hype that preceded its release. In its opening weekend, Black Panther grossed a little over $242 million, crushing expectations and ushering in the first major box-office weekend of the year.

The blockbuster has also broken various records: it notched the fifth-highest-opening weekend in movie history, the third-highest gross in history for a film released over a four-day weekend (in this case, over the Presidents’ Day holiday), and the highest opening ever for a film released in February. Its $25.2 million haul in Thursday-night previews also set a record, making it the second-highest Marvel movie to rack up that much in previews. (Black Panther was edged out by Avengers: Age of Ultron, which earned $27.6 million.)

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