Black Panther has officially beaten Titanic, grossing over $660 million at the US box office, and a whopping 1,3 billion worldwide! This makes it the 3rd most financially successful movie in recent US film history, only behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Avatar (2009).
Some experts were quick to point out that when one considers inflation, Black Panther is in fact not the 3rd but the 34th most successful film ever in the US. It joins the ranks of classics such as Gone with the Wind (1939), The Sound of Music (1965) and Doctor Zhivago (1965), as well as cult blockbusters like Star Wars IV (1977) and Jaws (1975). However, it is worth noting that the majority of these films premiered when cinema was one of very few entertainment options. Today we are spoiled for choice and have easy access to many free media platforms. Meanwhile, cinema ticket prices have reached unprecedented heights and it is safe to assume that not everyone who wanted to see Black Panther had the financial means to do so.
In any case, no one can dispute the simple fact that T’Challa’s story is a smash hit. Not only does it keep breaking records (becoming the 10th highest earning film worldwide and being the first film to be shown in the new Saudi Arabian public cinemas, among others), but is also so incredibly popular, that toy retailers are finding it difficult to keep up with the demand for Black Panther toys! And, above all, we would like to believe that the film’s success has proven, once and for all, that narratives dealing almost entirely by people of colors can be a huge box office draw.