Black Panther is doing amazing right now. The movie is saturating the media and winning over masses of fans and critics. As a result, the film is absolutely crushing it at the box office.
Black Panther just broke another Marvel record. The movie had the highest-grossing first week in Marvel Cinematic Universe history, according to comicbook.com. The film, which stars Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman, reportedly earned $292 million in North America in its first week. It earned $27.6 million around the world Thursday.
The Avengers (2012) held the previous MCU record; it earned $270 million in its first week. It took The Avengers nine days to get to $300 million in North America; it looks certain that Black Panther will hit that mark in eight days.
Black Panther hasn't been popular only in the United States. It brought in additional $228 million internationally. That brings its first-week total to $520 million.
Its second-weekend gross numbers already look historic. Black Panther is heading for a roughly $90 million weekend across 4,020 North American sites, according to Variety. Other estimates place its expected income above $100 million.
If its pace continues, it would reach No. 5 on the list of highest-grossing second weekends of all-time, taking the place of Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). No. 1 on that list is the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($149 million).
For reference, the highest-grossing movies of 2017 brought in just over $1 billion during their entire run.
Director Ryan Coogler is unstoppable right now.