Since 1997, James Cameron’s Titanic has held a place at the top and very close to the top in the record books, for the highest grossing domestic film releases. A little over a decade after Titanic took the top spot, Cameron defeated his own film with his next one Avatar and then six years later Star Wars: The Force Awakens took the spot away from them both.
Now a new contender has entered the top three.
Ryan Coogler and Marvel Studio’s Black Panther has been shattering records and dominating at the box office for the last almost two months since it’s release and now the film has edged out Titanic to take the spot of third highest-grossing United States theatrical release of all time, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Black Panther accomplished the feat by reaching around $661 million pushing it past Titanic’s $659.5 million and behind Avatar’s $760.5 million and Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ $936.7, none adjusted for inflation. Marvel’s latest juggernaut film has globally pulled in over $1.29 billion at the box office and is currently in the tenth place spot for top-grossing films of all time.
Black Panther’s success as a big-budget tentpole film featuring a pretty much entirely black cast continues to prove the idea that audiences don’t want to see that type of film completely wrong. It very well could be one of the final wakeup calls for Hollywood studios to stop avoiding diversity in films and to embrace it instead.
It’s continued dominance and shattering of records will make the film’s message that much harder for those in power to ignore.