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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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  • Amy X. Wang
By Amy X. Wang

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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:

RankFilmDomestic grossYear
1Star Wars: The Force Awakens$936,662,2252015
2Avatar$760,507,6252009
3Titanic$659,363,9441997
4Jurassic World$652,270,6252015
5Marvel’s The Avengers$623,357,9102012
6Star Wars: The Last Jedi$619,117,6362017
7The Dark Knight$534,858,4442008
8Rogue One: A Star Wars Story$532,177,3242016
9Beauty and the Beast (2017)$504,014,1652017
10Black Panther$501,105,0372018

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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