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‘Black Panther’ has broken ‘Titanic’s’ epic, 21-year box office record

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‘Black Panther’ breaks ‘Titanic’s’ 21-year box office record

Since it’s release in January, Black Panther has been smashing box office records left, right and centre. It currently holds a Rotten Tomatoes score of 100% among top critics, with the glowing consensus: “Black Panther elevates superhero cinema to thrilling new heights while telling one of the MCU’s most absorbing stories – and introducing some of its most fully realized characters.”

And the film’s latest accomplishment is knocking Titanic of its position as the third top-grossing title of all time at the North American box office.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Disney and Marvel superhero movie’s total of $665 million has overtaken Titanic’s $659 million total, not adjusted for inflation.

Globally, Black Panther has now grossed $1.29 billion and currently ranks as the No. 10 top-grossing title of all time.

One Twitter user captured the pure essence of this movie news perfectly…

But, BP’s still got a way to go to beat out James Cameron’s other mega-film Avatar, which is still sitting pretty at No. 2 on the list ($760.5 million), while 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens retains the top spot ($936.7 million).

For you movie nerds, here’s the full list of the top grossing films at the US North American box office:

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) - $936,662,225

2. Avatar (2009) - $760,507,625

3. Black Panther (2018) - $665,355,740

4. Titanic (1997) - $659,363,944

5. Jurassic World (2015) - $652,270,625

6. The Avengers (2012) - $623,357,910

7. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) - $620,168,021

8. The Dark Knight (2008) - $534,858,444

9. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - $532,177,324

10. Beauty and the Beast (2017) - $504,014,165

And if you just can’t get enough of that Wakanda goodness, check out these Black Panther sketches on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live:

Black Jeopardy with Chadwick Boseman: “Shanice, Rashad and T’Challa compete on Black Jeopardy, hosted by Darnell Hayes”

Wakanda Forever: “Black Panther fans debate who is and who isn’t allowed to do the Wakanda salute”

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