It’s another significant milestone for Black Panther.
From a Disney Release:
On Sunday, August 5, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther crossed the $700 million mark at the domestic box office, becoming just the third film in history to reach this incredible threshold.
The film, which opened on February 16 and is now in its 25th week of release, shattered February box office records in its debut with $242.1 million over President’s Day weekend, including a Friday–Sunday gross of $202 million, followed by one of the biggest second weekends in history with $111.7 million. Black Panther is the biggest superhero release of all time in North America, and with an A+ CinemaScore and an exceptional 97% Certified Fresh on RottenTomatoes, the film has been celebrated by critics and audiences alike.
Earning an additional $646.7 million internationally, Black Panther’s global total has risen to $1.346 billion to date, ranking as the second biggest film of the year behind only Avengers: Infinity War.
Is another achievement in the offing for the Marvel blockbuster?
Yesterday, Forbes‘ Scott Mendelson posted, “As you no doubt know, Black Panther didn’t need an Oscar reissue or an MCU triple-feature to top $700 million domestic. That it happened slightly faster than expected doesn’t make it any less impressive, nor does the lack of a need for an awards-season reissue make it any less of an Oscar contender. Walt Disney knows they have a genuine Best Picture contender, one that isn’t an animated feature or a DreamWorks release.”
And, even in a piece entitled, “The Ironic Reason ‘Black Panther’ Might Not Get A Best Picture Oscar Nod,” Mendelson listed the movie’s praises:
With rave reviews, sky-high box office and blistering audience buzz, Ryan Coogler and Robert Joe Cole’s Black Panther may become the first comic book superhero movie to get a Best Picture nomination. If Black Panther gets the nod, it’ll be Disney’s first live-action, non-Steven Spielberg/non-DreamWorks SKG release to do so since The Sixth Sense 19 years ago. Even without those caveats, Black Panther would be only their 11th Best Picture nominee going back to at least 1978.
We discussed the possibility recently, as well. Meanwhile, at the Inaugural WakandaCon, 2,000 fans descended on a Chicago hotel, just a few months after the debut of the groundbreaking film.
The event featured a costume parade, art demonstrations and celebrity panels you would expect to see at a fan convention, but it also had sessions on social activism, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, entrepreneurship and gender and racial equality in STEM fields.
“WakandaCon co-creator Ali Barthwell said she started planning the convention in March along with her brothers and two friends,” wrote David Williams, who quoted Barthwell saying, “[Wakanda is] a place free from racism, sexism and homophobia it’s a place of advanced technology… We wanted to talk about the film, but we also wanted to answer the bigger question ‘How can we make a place like Wakanda real?'”
All of which begs the question: No matter the stiff competition this year, what other film has touched more lives than Black Panther?