That's a feat only ever matched by Avatar, the highest-grossing movie of all time.
While Black Panther was finally dethroned from the top spot at the box office this weekend by Pacific Rim 2, it hasn't stopped the Marvel movie from becoming the highest grossing superhero movie in North American box office history.
Black Panther has earned $618,644,236 thus far while the Avengers earned $623,357,910 during its initial theatrical run. And as if that weren't enough, T'Challa's Wednesday gross of $3M overseas lifted the Walt Disney Studios 2018 global box office past $1B. On Thursday, Deadline reported that Black Panther became only the 14th movie ever to cross $1.2 billion internationally. THR projects the film will overtake Iron Man 3 (2013) and begin challenging last year's The Fate of the Furious ($1.236 billion) for 12th position by the end of the weekend. That will leave it in third place behind The Avengers' $1.5 billion and Avengers: Age of Ultron's $1.4 billion, but it could certainly still catch them. Considering the longevity of the Star Wars franchise and the anticipation for its return in 2015, that is absolutely insane, and speaks to the resonance Black Panther has had. Even with the movie breaking pre-sale records (which have now just been beaten by Infinity War), nobody saw Black Panther making so much money in such a short amount of time. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said there's "nothing specific to reveal, other than to say we absolutely will do that", but he also added, "We have ideas and a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one".