Black Panther is now the top-grossing superhero film of all time

Black Panther has out-grossed 2012’s The Avengers, making it the top-grossing superhero movie ever in North America. It will finish out this weekend with approximately $630 million, to The Avengers’ $623 million.

Black Panther has topped every week since it opened on February 16, the first movie to do so in North America for five weekends in a row. While it will fall to Pacific Rim Uprising this weekend, its crown is secure in the superhero universe.

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Worldwide, the movie has earned $1.2 billion, making it only the 14th film in history to do so. It had the second largest opening weekend for a Marvel film, following The Avengers, and it is the fourth film to top $100 million in its first two weekends.

Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther/T’Challa, the leader of fictional African nation Wakanda. The film also stars Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Michael B. Jordan and Danai Gurira.

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Last Tuesday, Twitter confirmed that Marvel’s latest offering has been tweeted about more than 35 million times. That pushes it ahead of the previous record-holder, Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015); 2017’s The Last Jedi now ranks third.

Not surprisingly, chatter about all things Wakanda was most prevalent in the United States, followed by the U.K. and Thailand.

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This is the first (but likely not the last) of Marvel’s films directed by an African-American and marks the largest opening for an African-American director in history.

In January, Kendrick Lamar posted what is now the most-retweeted Black Panther tweet ever when he shared the track list to the film’s soundtrack, which he curated and produced.