– by David Kozlowski

Can Marvel’s Black Panther become the all-time, top-grossing superhero movie? It certainly has an impressive trajectory, and it just took down another superhero movie record.

The Avengers (2012) still holds the box office record at $623 million domestically ($1.5 billion worldwide). Ryan Coogler’s Wakandan adventure is cruising toward $500 million worldwide… in just 9 days, according to Exhibitor Relations. Let that sink in for a moment.

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I live just outside of Oakland, California (a location rather important to Coogler’s film), and my local theater has been sold out for days. In fact, I finally got to see the movie at 11am on Wednesday — the theater was packed. I haven’t seen lines like this outside of theaters since the enhanced Star Wars re-releases.

Black Panther is a juggernaut and it’s only getting started!

Those Exhibitor Relations folks, who know a thing or two about the box office, posted this to their Twitter account:

That data point alone may or may not impress you. However, when you take into consideration all of the other records that Black Panther is knocking down, it’s becoming evident that this movie might reset Hollywood’s expectations for the kinds of films, actors, directors, and writers they hire for this genre. ScreenRant has a list of all the records that have already fallen to the King of Wakanda, and it’s impressive.

Black Panther is a game-changer, and when all is said and done, who knows, maybe even Avatar‘s $2.8 billion record is within reach. And then consider that Avengers: Infinity War is coming up next, which could have even higher expectations. What a year for superhero films!

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SOURCE: Exhibitor Relations , ScreenRant

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.