By Joey Nolfi
April 08, 2018 at 10:58 AM EDT
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The people of Wakanda have sunk the massive Titanic.

Posting an estimated $665.4 million in North America across its eight-weekend theatrical run, Marvel’s superhero blockbuster Black Panther bounded past James Cameron’s historical drama this weekend to claim the No. 3 spot on the all-time domestic box office chart, not adjusting for inflation.

The Ryan Coogler-directed film — starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, and Angela Bassett — now sits roughly $6 million ahead of the disaster epic’s $659.4 million cumulative haul.

Originally released in 1997, Titanic bagged $600.8 million throughout its debut stretch, adding $57.9 million for its 3D re-release in 2012 and a further $691,642 last year for its 20th-anniversary edition. Adjusted for inflation, Titanic’s $1.2 billion domestic total is the fifth highest in history; Black Panther is No. 34.

In terms of worldwide grosses, Titanic still leads Black Panther by a considerable margin. The Best Picture winner starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio has amassed $2.2 billion worldwide across its various theatrical runs, while Black Panther trails with an estimated $1.3 billion through Sunday.

Black Panther remains the top-earning Marvel release in franchise history, towering over The Avengers‘ $623.4 million North American take by about $42 million and counting.

Upon making $202 million over its first three days in wide release, Black Panther registered the fifth biggest opening weekend of all time and the second largest for a Marvel title, slightly trailing the $207.4 million posted by The Avengers.

Black Panther

Directed by Ryan Coogler, the 2018 superhero film is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the king who rules over the Afrofuturist paradise of Wakanda.
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  • Ryan Coogler
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