Black Panther surpasses Titanic to enter top three of all-time grossing films at domestic box office

Black Panther finished the weekend with $665.4 million in North American totals, surpassing 1997’s Titanic ($659.4) to enter the rarefied air of the top-three of all-time grossing movies at the domestic box office.

The Disney-Marvel motion picture, which hit theaters less than two months ago, took in $8.8 million to finish in fourth for the domestic weekend totals, enough to beat out the 1997 James Cameron blockbuster, which co-starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, by a total of $6 million on the all-time list.

Leading the way on the exclusive list are Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936.7 million) and Avatar ($760.5 million).

The raw numbers did not take inflation into account, as $1 in December of 1997 was worth about $1.54 in February of 2018, according to the Consumer Price Index’s Inflation Calculator.

According to Entertainment Weekly, adjusted totals taking inflation into account put Titanic as the fifth-biggest grossing movie, with Black Panther coming in 34th.

Titanic, which took home Best Picture at the 1998 Oscars, leads the Marvel-Disney blockbuster on an international scale by a score of $2.2 billion to $1.3 billion.

Black Panther, which was directed by Ryan Coogler, stands at $1.29 billion worldwide, ahead of smashes such as Frozen, and 2017 mega-hits Beauty and the Beast and The Fate of the Furious.

Black Panther – starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya and Michael B. Jordan – sits just behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi on the international list, which is in ninth place with $1.33 billion.

Last month, the film, set in the land of Wakanda, edged out The Avengers ($624 million) in establishing itself as highest-grossing superhero film ever.

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