Yesterday, I posted news that Black Panther had passed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office, ensuring its position as one of the most successful Marvel movies of all-time. Today, I’m taking a look at the stats – i.e. how much the film has made – to see how this compares with the other films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
To date, according to Box Office Mojo, Black Panther has accumulated $1,078, 615, 601. This breaks down as follows:
- US box office: $562,015,601
- International box office: $516,600,000
As you can see, this is a fairly even split.
In terms of its worldwide takings, Black Panther is currently in fifth position in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
- 1) The Avengers ($1,518.8 billion)
- 2) Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1,405.4 billion)
- 3) Iron Man 3 ($1,214.8 billion)
- 4) Captain America: Civil War ($1,153.3 billion)
- 5) Black Panther $1,078.6 billion)
From looking at the figures above, it’s clear to see that Black Panther isn’t that far behind Captain America: Civil War. In fact, if Black Panther continues to pull in punters the way it has, it’s likely the movie will surpass Civil War very shortly.
Will Black Panther surpass Iron Man 3? More than likely!
The key here will be China. Iron Man 3 performed well in China. If Black Panther pulls off a similar feat, then yes, it should.
How well is Black Panther doing in the US?
In terms of its US takings – aka the $562,015,601 as noted above – Black Panther is actually the second most successful Marvel Studios movie, domestically. The film is second only to The Avengers, which took $623,357,910 at the US box office when it ended its run in 2012.
So long as Black Panther continues to maintain its popularity with US audiences, it’s likely to surpass The Avengers before it ends its run, making it the most-popular Marvel movie in the States.
If Black Panther does surpass The Avengers then this is another great achievement. Back in 2012, The Avengers really helped to shape and cement the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, as we approach the series-changing movies Avengers: Infinity War and the as-yet-untitled Avengers 4, it seems a good time for movies such as Black Panther to push things in a new direction.
What does Black Panther‘s success mean for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole?
Thanks to Black Panther, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has now accumulated over $14 billion dollars at the worldwide box office ($14,590.4 to be exact). While this figure is expected to rise considerably with the release of Avengers: Infinity War (April) and Ant-Man and the Wasp (July), for now it’s worth noting just how far the series has come.
Turn the clock back ten years, to when the MCU first started, and Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk clocked up $585.2 and $263.4, respectively. These figures were indicative of what the comic book genre could achieve (although The Incredible Hulk‘s figure was fairly low), but thanks to the cinematic universe model that’s been employed by Marvel Studios, we now know that these movies can achieve so much more.
What does the future hold for the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
It will be interesting to see how well Avengers: Infinity War performs this summer, as this movie could really blow things wide open, but let’s not forget that the aforementioned Ant-Man and the Wasp, as well as Captain Marvel (2019) and Avengers 4 (2019) will also put more money in the bank.
Of course, looking beyond 2019 all eyes will be on the MCU once Disney officially gets X-Men and Fantastic Four back under its wing. At present, Marvel Studios head honcho, Kevin Feige has made it clear he’s focused on finishing the current run of Marvel movies, but looking ahead to the next ten years, the money that Marvel Studios could achieve from further sequels and new X-Men/FF entries seems almost unimaginable.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. At present, it’s time for Black Panther‘s time in the spotlight. Passing $1 billion at the box office is an incredible achievement – let’s see just how successful the movie can be.