‘Black Panther’ box office: Marvel movie is 9th biggest film in U.S. history, but #1 from a black director

And just like that, “Black Panther” has made enough money at the U.S. box office to number among the Top 10 highest grossing films of all time. With $506 million (and counting), Ryan Coogler‘s entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe currently comes in ninth place on the all-time chart, and it also earns the title of the biggest domestic money maker from a black director.

“Black Panther” opened on Presidents Day weekend with a whopping $200 million domestically, far shattering all former February releases. Chadwick Boseman stars as the titular character who returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to claim the thrown after his father dies. The film boasts an impressive array of strong females both on-screen and behind the scenes, including Rachel Morrison (“Mudbound”), who made history at the Oscars as the first female cinematographer to be nominated.

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We know what you’re thinking: If “Black Panther” is one of the Top 10 all-time biggest earners in U.S. history, what are the other nine? Here is the list, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:

1. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – $936 million
2. “Avatar” – $760 million
3. “Titanic” – $695 million
4. “Jurassic World” – $652 million
5. “Marvel’s The Avengers” – $623 million
6. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” – $619 million
7. “The Dark Knight” – $534 million
8. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” – $532 million
9. “Black Panther” – $506 million
10. “Beauty and the Beast (2017)” – $504 million

In terms of worldwide box office, “Black Panther” is currently in the 47th slot with $909 million. This latest Marvel movie should cross the $1 billion mark within a few days, becoming only the 33rd movie to ever achieve such a feat.

Does “Black Panther” have a realistic shot of turning any of this box office green into Oscar gold? According to the results of our recent poll, a whopping 90% of readers think the film will be nominated for at least one or two Academy Awards. At the 2018 Oscars ceremony, two superhero films earned nominations: “Logan” for Best Adapted Screenplay and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” for Best Visual Effects.

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