Chadwick Boseman's superhero flick Black Panther is all set to achieve the milestone of $1 billion mark in this weekend at the global box office. It's now heading towards a $37 million weekend, making it the fifth Marvel film to hit a billion, the 16th Disney film to do so and the 33rd overall film gross a $1 billion. The only other Marvel movies to cross that mark are The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3, and Captain America: Civil War. To break it down further, that puts Black Panther at $521 million domestically in the USA alone, ranking it 9th of All-Time and its still rising. For the full weekend, the film is expected to come in second behind Black Panther.
When Entertainment Weekly asked Kevin Feige whether he saw any future for our favorite Wakandans beyond Black Panther sequels and team-up movies, he replied, "I think there's lots of potential". It received enormous praise from the Chinese audience and collected over $22 million on its opening day there.
"Black Panther" opened in China on Friday and brought in a first day estimate of $22 million, according to Disney. While he wouldn't go into specifics, he did reveal that Marvel has "ideas and a pretty solid direction" on where they want to take the second movie.
It would also give "Black Panther" the third-highest fourth weekend of all time, taking the title from "The Avengers" with $36.7 million.
Black Panther has only been in theaters for three weeks, but Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige says he's already planning a Black Panther 2. "If you do that, audiences will notice it, and appreciate it, and support it".