"Black Panther" just hit another box office milestone.
Yes, it's still in about 25 theaters after being released back in February. The Marvel Studios film has now officially passed $700 million at the domestic box office -- technically it's at $700,004,026 right now -- for a total of $1.35 billion worldwide.
As Variety reported, that makes "Black Panther" only the third film in history to pass $700M at the domestic box office, joining "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Avatar" in a very exclusive club.
For reference, "The Force Awakens" ended its 2015 run with $936,662,225 just at the domestic (U.S./Canada) box office alone. That's the most ever, followed by "Avatar" with $760,507,625. However, "Avatar" is still the highest-grossing movie of all time (not adjusted for inflation) because it picked up *more than $2 billion* from the foreign box office alone.
It seems like films make more than $1 billion all the time nowadays, with only four in history grossing more than $2 billion. But so much of that comes from the international box office. Only three films have ever cracked the $700M ceiling in the North American market. Amazing.
Speaking of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," MCU movies, and $2 billion movies...
"Avengers: Infinity War" just came out on Digital, and will be released on DVD/Blu-ray August 14. It's still in about 200 theaters, and picked up $240,000 over the weekend at the domestic box office. But it will probably disappear with a global run of somewhere around $2,050,000,000. Give or take.
More than two billion dollars is nothing to sneeze at, but it's clear "Avengers 3" will never quite displace "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at No. 3 on the list of highest-grossing movies of all time. They will forever remain about $20 million apart.
Also, "Infinity War" has a current domestic take of $678,056,833. It seems unlikely that it will pick up enough to crack the $700M club with T'Challa.
[Via: Box Office Mojo]
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