On its fourth Friday in theaters, Marvel’s “Black Panther” became the 33rd film in box office history to cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office, hitting the mark on its opening day in China.
The Ryan Coogler tentpole is the 33rd movie to gross $1 billion at the global box office in just 26 days.
It’s the 16th Disney film to reach this milestone, and the fifth Marvel film to do so — joining the ranks of “The Avengers,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3,” and “Captain America: Civil War.”
The Disney’s mega hit was pushed over the mark by an estimated $22 million opening day total in China, as well as $9.9 million grossed in its fourth Friday in the U.S.
The film has made $521 million domestically, becoming the No. 2 superhero release of all time, surpassing “The Dark Knight.”
Receiving near-universal critical acclaim, the film recently achieved the rare feat of a 100 per cent “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Despite buzz over the history-making cast and crew behind it, Coogler said his first goal was to make a good film.
“First things first, it’s got to work as a movie. That’s hard enough to do,” Coogler told “CBS This Morning” in February. He said his past experience as an athlete helped him tune out the pressure.
“Thankfully I grew up playing football, playing sports and played in college and have been under high-pressure situations in that environment,” he said. “But when you let the pressure interfere too much, it can stop you from doing your work.”