Black Panther arrived in theaters with its claws out and hasn’t stopped smashing records since. This weekend, the film scored yet another huge feat by surpassing the $1 billion mark and becoming only the 33rd film in movie history to do so.
It’s also the 16th Disney film to ever reach the milestone. Black Panther joins just four other Marvel movies that have grossed more than a billion dollars at the box office, including The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3, and Captain America: Civil War, Variety reports.
The film is truly unique and historic just as a piece of cinematic art; we’ve never seen a superhero movie with a nearly all-black cast, and this one in particular celebrates the beauty of the cast’s natural hair and places a special emphasis on traditional African costumes and African culture.
By all means, it’s not hard to see why Black Panther means so much to the African American community. Then there’s the icing on the cake: in addition to being an important touchstone for representation, the film already happens to be shattering records left and right. The following are all the other box office records Black Panther has obliterated — so far:
Fastest 24-hour presale for a Marvel Cinematic Universe film
Biggest February opening
Highest grossing film by a black director
Biggest Monday gross in box office history
Second biggest four-day weekend gross
Second biggest Thursday night preview gross for a Marvel film
Second biggest Sunday gross in box office history
Fifth biggest opening weekend gross in box office history
Black Panther is indeed record-breaking and we are all anticipating the sequel!