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Black Panther is already the 10th highest-grossing film ever in the US

A general view of the entrance for the premiere of "Black Panther" in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni - RC1834627D10
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By Amy X. Wang
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

The newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is quickly—very quickly—becoming its most lucrative. Black Panther‘s opening weekend in the US and Canada in February was the fifth-largest domestic debut ever. And now, after only 17 days of being in theaters, it is already the 10th-highest-grossing film ever in North America.

Variety reports today that the Disney-Marvel film has topped $501.1 million, making it the second-highest grossing Marvel film of all time at the domestic box office (only needing to surpass the 2012 blockbuster The Avengers, which brought in $623 million) and giving it a fair shot at soaring past other giants on the list, like Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Titantic. According to Box Office Mojo, the top 10 currently stand as such:

1
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
$936,662,225
2015
2
Avatar
$760,507,625
2009
3
Titanic
$659,363,944
1997
4
Jurassic World
$652,270,625
2015
5
Marvel’s The Avengers
$623,357,910
2012
6
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
$619,117,636
2017
7
The Dark Knight
$534,858,444
2008
8
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
$532,177,324
2016
9
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
$504,014,165
2017
10
Black Panther
$501,105,037
2018

Black Panther, which premiered Feb. 16 to no small amount of pre-release anticipation, is being lauded by critics for its representation of black characters and talent both on- and off-camera. Its particular timeliness—dropping into theaters at a moment when America’s racial tensions have intensified in the Donald Trump era—is also, no doubt, helping its boom at the box office. Black activists are using the film to anchor a political movement, too: An initiative called #WakandaTheVote is using screenings of the film to push for nationwide voter registration.

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