Black Panther has sailed past Titanic this weekend and is now the third highest-grossing movie in U.S. box office history! Scooping an estimated $665.4 million in North America so far, the superhero blockbuster is now the top-performing domestic Marvel movie, knocking out Marvel’s Avengers by about $42 million and counting. This is a heady success for director Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, and Angela Bassett.
Titanic is often held up as the gold standard for summer tentpoles. James Cameron’s historical drama bagged over $600 million in 1997 and became one of the most popular and lucrative movies of all time. Titanic’s total domestic haul also includes a 3D release in 2012 and a limited theatrical run for its 20th anniversary edition, boasting an overall U.S. haul of $659.4 million, Black Panther has eased past Titanic’s three cumulative runs by $6 million in just eight weeks! Wakanda triumphs! (Adjusted for inflation, Titanic’s domestic total is $1.2 billion. Pesky inflation.)
To be fair, Titanic’s international run is still sailing away into the sunset. Titanic scored $2.2 billion worldwide over the past twenty years and remains unsunk in box office history. Black Panther has netted $1.3 billion. Not too shabby.