Black Panther has reached a milestone only four other Marvel Studios titles have achieved so far. The film, starring Chadwick Boseman as newly crowned King T’Challa, has joined the $1 billion club at the global box office — all in just 26 days in theaters.
The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3, and Captain America: Civil War are the other films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe to unlock this achievement. Black Panther is currently the 33rd film of all time, the 16th Walt Disney film, and the fifth MCU film to gross $1 billion worldwide.
This sum will gradually increase, as the film has just been released overseas in the Chinese market, with an expected opening of over $22 million opening day, and a projection of $60 million this weekend.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther saw T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) assuming the Wakandan throne as Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) emerged from the shadows to challenge him. The film has become a cultural phenomenon, boosted by a cast that stars Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, and Winston Duke.
Black Panther is currently in theaters around the world.