Black Panther is crushing it in theaters and winning the hearts of millions (Wakanda forever!). Now it’s taking on a 21-year-old box office record that will solidify its place in blockbuster film history.
Sorry to rain on your iceberg, Titanic fans, but the hit Marvel film is just about to surpass the James Cameron film’s longstanding earnings marker, which is no simple feat.
Let’s walk through the numbers. As of today, Black Panther has earned $656.9 million domestically. It just beat out Jurassic World’s $652.2 million record to become the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time in the United States. Next up on Black Panther’s battle to the top is Titanic. The Oscar-winning film raked in a cool $659.3 million in 1997, and Black Panther is poised to surpass that over the weekend.
But will the Marvel film go all the way to the top? Debatable. The first and second slots in the highest-earning movie game are held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avatar, which pulled in $936.6 million and $760.5 million, respectively.
Whatever happens, we’ll never let go, Jack Wakanda.