Black Panther sets new North American holiday box office record

The superhero epic keeps racking up the box office accolades.

Black Panther has continued to shatter North American box office records after banking a whopping $242 million (£173 million) in its first four days on release.

Director Ryan Coogler's Marvel blockbuster, the first major studio superhero film to feature a predominantly black cast, enjoyed a big boost over the President's Day holiday weekend (16-20Feb18) to claim second place on the list of highest-grossing debuts.

It is only just behind 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which currently holds the title with $288.1 million (£206 million). The recent sci-fi sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is at three with $241.6 million (£172.7 million).

Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman as the titular superhero, also set a new milestone as the biggest Monday earner to date, adding $40.2 million (£28.7 million) to its haul, just $100,000 (£71,500) more than The Force Awakens.

Meanwhile, its final three-day opening figures of $201.7 million (£144.1 million) have helped the Marvel movie secure the title of the fifth-highest North American debut in box office history. The Force Awakens also leads that list with $247.9 million (£177.2 million).

Black Panther's other domestic records include the biggest February opening, the biggest pre-summer launch of all-time, and the highest-grossing singular superhero movie, easily outpacing Iron Man 3's $174 million (£124.4 million) debut in 2013.

Coogler can now also boast about having the biggest opening for a film with a black director - an honour previously held by F. Gary Gray for 2017's The Fate of the Furious, which banked $98.8 million (£70.6 million) in its first weekend on release.

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