Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – The blockbuster super black hero movie “Black Panther” officially passed “Titanic” to become the third top-grossing film of all time in the United States.
The megahit produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures blazed past James Cameron’s 1997 smash hit on April 7 when it surpassed $665 million (unadjusted for inflation) at the U.S. box office. Black Panther is now the third highest-grossing title at the North American box office. Only two movies, both action/sci-fi, have done better: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($936.7 million) in 2015 and “Avatar” ($760.5 million) in 2009.
Black Panther has grossed $1.29 billion worldwide since its release in the U.S. on Feb. 16. It’s also the 10th-highest-grossing film of all time.
Its four-day opening weekend gross of $242.1 million and its three-day gross of $202 million in the United States were the second- and fifth-highest of all time, respectively, and the biggest debut by an African-American director (Ryan Coogler).
The film is the first big-budget studio release featuring a virtually all-black cast. It stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.
The story, which is a tale of black power and black pride, follows T’Challa as he is sworn in as king of Wakanda, a hidden but technologically advanced nation in Africa home to the exotic metal vibranium, the source of Black Panther’s powers.
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