Black Panther' again slays North American box office

Black Panther' again slays North American box office

Directed by Ryan Coogler, "Black Panther" features an nearly entirely black cast led by Chadwick Boseman as the first non-white superhero to get his own standalone movie in the franchise. The film still has much more to make as it will premiere in the Japanese market on March 1st before heading to China on March 9th.

Of that group, only The Force Awakens had a higher take for its second weekend. Only three other films in history have grossed over $100 million at the box office in its second week: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World ($106.5m) and The Avengers ($103 million). But I definitely wanted to write about "Black Panther" because I am very excited for the movie, even though this one doesn't star Peter Sellers or Steve Martin.

However long it lasts will be duly noted since for a while now Black Panther has been the buzz around the MCU and among film buffs across the board.

Another accomplishment: Black Panther is already the top-grossing February opener of all time domestically - Deadpool was the previous best with $363.1 million - and is on the verge of becoming the No. 3 MCU title of all time in the USA once it passes Captain America: Civil War ($408 million) and Iron Man 3 ($409 million) in the next several days. Undoubtedly the biggest blockbuster of the year yet, the Marvel movie has collected a whopping $108 million from the United States and Canadian box offices.

Black Panther now has a worldwide box office gross of $704,000,422, with a domestic haul of $400,000,422, and an global gross of $304,000,000.

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According to tracking service PostTrak, the audience make-up this weekend was 37 percent white, 33 percent black, 18 percent Hispanic, and 7 percent Asian.

Black Panther continues the story of T'Challa after the events of Captain America: Civil War. It follows a group of friends whose game night turns into a murder mystery. Not only that, but the pic now has $400 million on this side of the pond (in only 10 days), a milestone that Joss Whedon's aforementioned 2012 team-up took 14 days to hit.

The Natalie Portman-starring Annihilation finished with a somewhat unimpressive $11 million in fourth place, but could benefit from decent word-of-mouth to gain some traction in the coming weeks.

Fifty Shades Freed round out the top five with $6.9 million.