Medley of African culture in Black Panther

Delia Walker
March 1, 2018

With a $108 million take for the second weekend, Black Panther joins a small group of movies to break $100 million in the second week.

Black Panther, now running in theaters for the second week straight, has not lost its charisma to woo the audience into procuring more accolades. The film brought in 83.8 million dollars for an worldwide tally of 304 million dollars and global haul of 704 million dollars to date, according to the studio figures collected by comScore. China opens the film on March 9.

While the number crunching for Black Panther will go on for some time - and common sense tells us there's no reason why it won't come close to Star Wars: The Force Awakens' US$2 billion - focus has already shifted to what comes next. "It has become a cultural phenomenon".

Black Panther's $400 million domestic total means that in just two weeks the film has outgrossed the domestic lifetime totals all three of the movies that Marvel Studios put out a year ago. If the movie surpasses $413 million, which doesn't look hard at this point, Black Panther will rub shoulders with The Dark Knight Rises ($448 million), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($458 million), The Dark Knight ($534 million) and The Avengers ($623 million), Forbes reports.

Opening weekend sales were estimated around $200 million for the USA opening weekend. With the worldwide collection included, Black Panther minted $704 million.

Its four-day total also crushes the 2016 President's Day record of $152.1 million set by Fox's "Deadpool", while its three-day opening breaks the highest mark for February and the best for an African American director.

It features Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serki.

Directed and co-written by Coogler, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as the eponymous superhero, a.k.a. T'Challa, who guards and governs the secretive, technologically advanced nation of Wakanda.

Among a trio of new films, New Line's R-rated comedy Game Night, starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, fared the best. ("The Avengers" occupies the top spot, with $623 million).

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