Disney and Marvel Studios' Black Panther continues to set records at the U.S. box office, where it scored the best first week for any title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The superhero blockbuster grossed $14.3 million on Thursday from 4,020 cinemas for a seven-day domestic total of $292 million, the fourth-best showing of all time for any film and besting the $280 million earned by fellow MCU title The Avengers in its first week. And by the end of Sunday, that total will be north of $380 million.
Overseas, Black Panther earned $13.3 million on Thursday for an international tally of $228.1 million and worldwide haul of $520.1 million.
The Ryan Coogler-directed tentpole — which is crossing the $300 million mark in North America on Friday — will easily stay atop the chart in its sophomore outing with a projected $90 million-plus, a 55 percent decline from its record-shattering opening weekend, according to early box-office returns. Box-office insiders stress it's still very early in the game, meaning estimates could climb higher throughout the weekend.
That would be among the top three or four second weekends of all time, not adjusted for inflation. The ruling champ is Star Wars: Force Awakens ($149.2 million), followed by Jurassic World ($106.6 million), The Avengers ($103.1 million) and Beauty and the Beast $90.4 million).
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