Black Panther swims past Titanic at the domestic box office

Mr Gilbert K. Bouhairie, the Interfaith Coordinator for the Pan African Historical Theatre Project has stated that the Black Panther film, a Hollywood movie, has broken records in the film industry.

James Cameron's Titanic held the top spot on the list for decades since its release in 1997, and was only replaced in recent years, first by Cameron's other movie Avatar, which was then bumped to second place by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The service has sold over 1 million tickets for the movie. This weekend the film passed director James Cameron's "Titanic" becoming the third highest-grossing USA film of all time.

Black Panther is set to play for five days in Riyadh and will be swiftly followed by Avengers: Infinity War, which is being given a day-and-date release on April 26.

The success of Marvel's Black Panther, both critically and financially, continues to grow, with the movie's latest milestone falling into the latter category.

So while Disney investors and Bob Eiger are usually the only ones cheering on movie's box office performances, at least this time around fans of comic book movies can point to some social progress as the numbers climb.

Marvel's ground breaking film - which has been hailed not only for Coogler's exceptional world building and layered story but also for its virtually all-black cast of superstars - overtook Marvel's "Avengers" to become the biggest-selling superhero film of all time.

Chadwick Boseman and Ryan Coogler in "Black Panther" screening.

  • Jacqueline Ellis