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Wakanda Winning: 'Black Panther Hits $1 Billion Worldwide Mark

Wakanda Winning: 'Black Panther Hits $1 Billion Worldwide Mark

Marvel's Black Panther has officially joined the billion-dollar club at the worldwide box office. Its $521 million in USA sales puts it among the 10 highest-grossing releases domestically, and global sales are expected to surpass $500 million this weekend, Disney said in an emailed statement.

Out of all of the characters in the Black Panther universe, T'Challa's sister, Shuri, will end up making her mark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

For some films it's taken several months to reach the $1B milestone, but "Panther" did it in less than one month: 26 days.

Forbes reports the film earned $9.9 million Friday (Mar. 9), the fourth Friday of it's release.

Wakanda Winning: 'Black Panther Hits $1 Billion Worldwide Mark
Wakanda Winning: 'Black Panther Hits $1 Billion Worldwide Mark

Such a performance this weekend would grant Black Panther the third-highest fourth weekend in history, snatching the record away from The Avengers, which took in $36.7 million in its fourth weekend out.

Considering how well Black Panther has performed, it seems inevitable that Marvel will revisit the technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda for a sequel flick. That means it will pass Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($532m in 2016/2017) and The Dark Knight ($534m in 2008) to become the seventh-biggest unadjusted domestic grosser of all time. Homecoming's opening weekend hauled in $71 million in its first weekend and, judging by the advance ticket sales, Black Panther could potentially top it by the time Sunday rolls around.

The Ryan Coogler-directed film stars Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed earlier this week that the studio "absolutely will" make a second Black Panther and that the team already has a "solid direction" for it.

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