This will probably be the last of these weekly “Here are all the new milestones Walt Disney and Marvel’s Black Panther has set” posts, mostly because it is essentially done setting new records. It might pass The Last Jedi on the global all-time grossers list, it may get as high as 30th place on the inflation-adjusted domestic list (ahead of The Dark Knight and Thunderball, natch) and it may get a little higher on the list of leggy $100 million+ openers. But otherwise, Black Panther is presumably done setting records for the moment. So, with that in mind, I went through all my weekly “new records” posts and, well, if you want a giant list of (mostly domestic) records that the film broke or almost broke, abridged (but still the longest post of the day) for one easy and convenient list of the film’s first two months of theatrical release, here you go. I can’t promise I caught every single one, but it’s pretty darn close to complete.
5th-biggest opening weekend of all time:
With a $202 million Fri-Sun frame, it sits behind only The Avengers ($207m), Jurassic World ($208m), Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($220m) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248m). If you adjust for inflation, Black Panther will end up in seventh place behind only The Dark Knight ($202.3m adjusted), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($203.9m), The Last Jedi ($220m), Jurassic World ($232m), The Avengers ($234m) and The Force Awakens ($261m).
Biggest non-sequel opening weekend:
Black Panther (an almost entirely stand-alone movie existing in the MCU universe) broke the opening weekend record for a non-sequel/prequel, displacing The Hunger Games which opened with $152 million in March of 2012 (in 2D).
Biggest solo superhero launch of all time:
Since it opened above the $174 million opening weekend of Iron Man 3, Black Panther has the new milestone for a solo superhero Fri-Sun debut.
Biggest February opening weekend:
The previous high-water mark for a February opening weekend was Deadpool with $132 million over the Fri-Sun frame and $152m over the Fri-Mon Presidents Day weekend. While Black Panther lacked the Valentine’s Day advantage (Feb. 14 fell on a Saturday that year), it played in 3D and had a PG-13 rating. It earned around 52% more than Deadpool and 148% more than Fifty Shades of Grey (which also had a Valentine’s Day Saturday advantage).
Biggest pre-summer opening weekend:
Black Panther easily dethroned Batman v Superman ($166 million) as the biggest pre-summer opener of all time.
2nd-Biggest comic book superhero opening weekend:
Among all comic book superhero movie opening weekends, the Fri-Sun frame stands behind only The Avengers ($207 million).
2nd-biggest four-day gross:
With at least $242 million in four days, it sits right between The Last Jedi ($241m) and The Force Awakens ($288m) among the biggest four-day totals.
3rd-biggest non-summer opening weekend:
Of the four biggest debut weekends, only two of them (The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi) opened outside of the core summer season.
8th-biggest Friday and 8th-biggest single-day gross:
Among single-day grosses, Friday grosses and opening day grosses, Black Panther’s $75.8 million Friday sits behind only The Avengers ($80.8m), Batman v Superman ($81.5m), Jurassic World ($81.9m), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($91m), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II ($91m), The Last Jedi ($104.6m) and The Force Awakens ($119.1m).
4th-biggest Saturday gross:
After its boffo opening day, Black Panther earned $65.8 million on Saturday. That was a mere 13% drop from opening day or a 31% jump if you take out the Thursday previews. It’s also the 24th-biggest single-day gross of all time and the fourth-biggest Saturday figure, between Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($63m) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($68.2m), The Avengers ($69.5m) and Jurassic World ($69.4m). If you count inflation, it’s still in eighth place.
2nd-biggest Sunday gross:
Panther’s $60.096 million first Sunday gross is down just -8% from its first Saturday and $9.5m more than the “pure” $50.6m Friday gross. It is the 33rd-biggest single-day gross. But it’s also the second-biggest Sunday gross of all time, behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($60.5m).
Biggest Monday gross:
Black Panther has earned $40.167 million on its fourth day of release. That is the 99th-biggest single-day gross of all time. That also give the film the biggest Monday gross of all time, ahead of even The Force Awakens‘ $40.1m fourth-day gross. Even if you account for inflation, it’s the third-biggest Monday behind The Force Awakens ($42m adjusted) and Spider-Man 2 ($40.8m adjusted).
And that’s just the milestones it set in its first four days of domestic release. We can now move into the second weekend, where it snagged a whole bunch of new records and milestones.
2nd-biggest non-opening weekend:
Black Panther earned $111.6 million in its second Fri-Sun frame. That’s the second-biggest non-opening weekend of all time, between Jurassic World ($106m) and The Force Awakens ($149m).
Smallest 2nd-weekend drop for a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie:
Sure, Black Panther had a slightly larger second-weekend drop than Blade (-36%), Spider-Man (-37%) and Wonder Woman (-43%), but that’s essentially it when it comes to second-weekend holds for big-scale comic book flicks that opened on a Friday.
2nd-best 2nd-weekend hold for a $200 million+ opener:
Of the five $200 million+ openers (Black Panther, The Avengers, Jurassic World, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens), only The Force Awakens and Black Panther avoided the “$100m losers club.” Only The Force Awakens (which had Christmas Day as its second Friday and fell 39%) had a better hold among the very biggest of big openers.
2nd-biggest non-opening Saturday gross:
Black Panther earned $47.6 million on its second Saturday, a 65% jump from its second Friday and a mere 27% drop from its first $65m-grossing Saturday. That’s also the second-biggest non-opening Saturday ever, behind only The Force Awakens’ $57.6m day-nine gross.
4th-fastest to $300 million in North America:
Black Panther crossed the $300 million mark on its eighth day of release, the same number of days that it took Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Jurassic World to do likewise. Its eight-day gross ($320m) put it just below The Last Jedi ($321m) and Jurassic World ($325m) while only Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($325m in five days) did it faster.