Black Panther officially became the highest grossing superhero movie on Saturday, surpassing The Avengers, released in 2012.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film has pulled in $624 million on the North American box office, roaring past 2012’s The Avengers, which made $623.4 million. The film, which cost around $200 million, is now one of only seven movies to make more than $600 million in the United States.
Since its release, Black Panther has released a staggering amount of $1.2 billion globally. Directed by Ryan Coogler, the movie by the end of this weekend it will become the third-biggest comic book adaptation, behind The Avengers ($1.5 billion) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.4 billion).
It has also become the first movie to top the box office for five consecutive weekends since 2009’s Avatar and has become one of the most critically acclaimed movies featuring a virtually all-black cast.
The film stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther alongside Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B Jordan, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.