"Black Panther" is now one of the top five highest grossing films in domestic box office history, and the top superhero film on the charts. That figure passes "The Avengers", which brought in $623.4 million in 2012.
To say that the astronomical success of Black Panther was unexpected, is so much of an understatement that it's nearly insulting, not only to the movie itself, but to the notion of what anything "unexpected" truly may be.
The two words that seem to be resonating with citizens of the whole world, especially black Americans and Africans since the movie Black Panther was officially released on January 29, 2018. Though that number is not adjusted for inflation, the film has become one of only seven films ever to gross more that $600 million. Deadline lists the movie as taking in a whopping $630.9 million.
By extension, Infinity War only benefits from its proximity to Black Panther's release.
So while Disney investors and Bob Eiger are usually the only ones cheering on movie's box office performances, at least this time around fans of comic book movies can point to some social progress as the numbers climb.
In North America, Black Panther is now the highest-grossing superhero movie ever.
The film stars Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther alongside Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B Jordan, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.
He will also feature in next month's crossover release Avengers: Infinity War, as well as its now untitled sequel, which will be out next year.