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Black Panther continues to devour the box office
With $700 million in the bank after less than two weeks on release, it's safe to say Marvel's Black Panther is a bonafide sensation. Ryan Coogler's critically acclaimed blockbuster stars Chadwick Boseman as noble Wakandan leader T'Challa, and has already seeped into the cultural conversation in a myriad different ways.
Breaking it down, Forbes reports the movie has taken $400m million domestically in 10 days (making it the second fastest film to reach that level after Jurassic World), and $304m internationally in the same period. It's now Marvel's fifth highest grossing movie, and the combined box office gross of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) now stands at $14 billion.
Domestically speaking, Black Panther now only lags behind The Dark Knight Rises ($448m), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($458m), The Dark Knight ($534m) and Avengers Assemble ($623m). When its global tally is taken into account, the movie will next topple the box office totals of Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($714m) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($709m), with the coveted $1 billion watershed next in its sights.
Going by Box Office Mojo's figures, the comic book movies that have reached the billion dollar milestone (in terms of worldwide gross) are: The Dark Knight ($1.004bn), The Dark Knight Rises ($1.084bn), Captain America: Civil War ($1.153bn), Iron Man 3 ($1.214bn) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.405bn). Top place is held by Avengers Assemble ($1.518bn).
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Black Panther stars Winston Duke and Letitia Wright talk Avengers: Infinity War
There are many reasons to love Black Panther, two of them being the scene-stealing performances from Winston Duke and Letitia Wright. Playing Jabari tribe leader M'Baku and T'Challa's brainy, smart-talking sister Shuri, respectively, both actors have been praised as highlights of Marvel's new movie.
Speculation is now raging as to how the movie will lead into the events of Avengers: Infinity War, released on 27th April. (Check out our end credits breakdown here.) And in an interview with The Tracking Board, it seems that, like us, both of the aforementioned stars can't contain their excitement.
"Shuri will pop up and do what she needs to do," Wright explains. "Avengers is going to be another world of amazingness. You guys are very, very blessed this year. Marvel is the gift that keeps on giving. You guys have got Black Panther, Avengers, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel. You guys are being spoiled. A lot. And then next year you have another Avengers? Very, very spoiled!"
Duke adds: "I think there’s just a lot going on in Infinity War. In the same way that Black Panther is revolutionary in its approach to Marvel Cinematic Universe storytelling, I believe that Avengers: Infinity War will shake the cornerstone that we’ve grown accustomed to. It will shake the images and ideas that we’ve grown accustomed to, and it’s going to be a lot for the fans."
Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel are "a culmination"
The recently released Thor: Ragnarok DVD contains a bonus featurette entitled Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years – The Evolution of Heroes. This special behind the scenes look is notable for its comments from Avengers: Infinity War director Joe Russo and Marvel President Kevin Feige. They explain how both Infinity War and its 2019 sequel will tie up every Marvel storyline so far.
"Every story that Marvel has told since Iron Man finds a narrative thread in these next two Avengers movies," says Russo. "It is a culmination of all that storytelling."
Feige adds: "With Infinity War, we’re paying off every little thread and every little tease that we’ve had in what will be 18 films prior to Infinity War. There’s never been anything like this. Being able to, film after film, tease at a larger story. Really building these stories up into a giant conclusion. While at the same time introducing an entirely new direction for the future."
While we steadily march towards Infinity War's release date of 27th April (Avengers 4 is released on 26th April 2019), check out our list of every single Stan Lee cameo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.