Box office performance: Black Panther

On February 16th, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther hit theaters and has since become a massive box office and cultural hit over the past three months. The film dominated the box office in ways that few films have in terms of its long-term staying power. This article will take a look at how Black Panther stacks up historically using information from BoxOfficeMojo.

Weekly and weekend box office streaks

From February 16 until March 22, Black Panther was the No. 1 movie at the domestic box office for five weeks running. The last time a film had a streak that long was Avatar, which was No. 1 for seven weeks from December 18, 2009 until February 4, 2010.

In terms of the weekend box office, Black Panther was the No. 1 movie at the domestic box office for six weeks in a row. Once again, Avatar was the last movie to hold the top spot that long. It won the weekend box office eight weeks in a row.

Domestic gross

Towards the end of March, Black Panther became the highest grossing superhero film at the domestic box office, passing The AvengersLast month, the film passed Titanic on the all-time domestic box office list to move into third place.


*All of the above films have come out since 2012 except Avatar (2009), The Dark Knight (2008) and Titanic (1997).

*Black Panther (12.4 weeks) and Infinity War (2.4 weeks) are the only films on the above list active in theaters.


domestic gross inflation

When looking at the all-time domestic gross list and accounting for ticket price inflation, Black Panther comes in at number 30. This puts it $1,154,396,982 behind Gone with the Wind, as opposed to the $240,330,407 it is behind The Force Awakens on the non-adjusted list.

Worldwide gross

Black Panther had the 16th best worldwide weekend opening of all-time at $371.4 million. It earned $169.4 million (45.6%) of that from its combined overseas openings.

In terms of all-time worldwide gross, Black Panther is ninth at $1,342.2 billion, with $645.8 million (48.1%) of that coming from its overseas earnings. The film is one of only 11 to cross the $1.3 billion mark worldwide and one of only 34 to cross the one billion mark worldwide.

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*Films over $500,000 mark domestically but not $1.3 billion worldwide: Beauty and the Beast (13th: $1,263.5), Rogue One (25th: $1,056.1) and The Dark Knight (34th, $1,004.6)

Other marks that Black Panther set 

Black Panther has the ninth highest opening day gross of all time.

Black Panther has the sixth biggest opening weekend of all time.

Black Panther has the fifth biggest opening week of all time.

Black Panther was the sixth fastest film to cross the $100,000 mark.

Black Panther is the highest grossing film for the month of February.

Notes and Info:

Featured Image: “Black_Panther” by Miguel Angel Aranda (Viper) is licensed under  Public Domain Mark 1.0 (all specific links are in the article above)

All charts and graphs made using Google Spreadsheets