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Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Black Panther exceeds $500 million in North America

Black Panther exceeds $500 million in North America

Wakanda's reign shows no signs of waning.

Black Panther, the first black superhero to whom Marvel devotes a film, continues its race at the top of the North American box office, capturing $ 66.3 million for its third weekend of operation and 501.7 million since its release, according to the specialized company Exhibitor Relations.

Black Panther has continued to rake in revenues, coming in at No. 1 at the US box office for the third week in a row, crossing the $500 million mark domestically and taking the title of 10th highest-grossing domestic release of all time. It's the third fastest film to reach the $500 million plateau. Other films that outshone their contemporaries in terms of earning money are the live-action movie Peter Rabbit, the thriller The 15:17 to Paris, Game Night and Helen Mirren's Winchester.

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Red Sparrow tells the story of a Russian ballerina-turned-elite spy played by Jennifer Lawrence, backed by an all-star cast including Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeremy Irons and Charlotte Rampling. The video, which was posted on Sunday, has already gotten the attention of some of the film's stars, including Chadwick Boseman, Winston Duke and Michael B. Jordan.

That take - almost four times the $16.9 million earned by the weekend's runnerup, Fox's Red Sparrow - gave Black Panther the third-highest third weekend ever, trailing only Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($90.2 million) and Avatar ($68.5 million). It should soon shoot past the billion-dollar mark worldwide.

"Disney wins no matter how you slice it with that film expected to have a strong debut as "Black Panther" continues to draw big crowds", Dergarabedian said.

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