Black Panther has broken yet another record after it claimed the top spot again this weekend. The comic book movie has had five consecutive weekends at number one, a feat we haven’t seen since James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster Avatar.
The superhero movie collected $27 million this past weekend in North America, making it only the seventh movie to ever top $600 million in the U.S. The movie has already made over $1.1 billion worldwide.
Part of the reason for Black Panther‘s success could be the lack of competition throughout February and March, yet clearly five chart-topping weekends in a row is a rare occurrence. The last movie to accomplish this before Avatar was 1999’s The Sixth Sense.
In second place this weekend was Warner Bros. $90 million revival of Tomb Raider, which opened with $23.5 million in North America. The ongoing success of Black Panther was an unexpected setback for Warner Bros. When setting the release date for the movie a year ago, few could have predicted “Black Panther” to be number one for five straight weeks. “How could you?” said Jeff Goldstein, distribution chief for Warner Bros.
Though Black Panther is clearly still breaking records, it did lose one this past weekend to the unreleased Avengers: Infinity War. After Marvel released a second trailer on Friday, tickets went on sale for the April 27th release date. The movie broke the record for most amount of presale tickets in 24 hours for a comic book film, in only six hours. Black Panther was the previous record holder.
With Avengers: Infinity War already breaking records, it will be interesting to see if they will dethrone Black Panther‘s other records. One thing is clear, Marvel shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.