Box Office: 'Black Panther' Sails Past 'Titanic' to Become No. 3 Title of All Time in U.S.

It's the latest milestone for the superhero pic.
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'Black Panther'

Ryan Coogler's Black Panther is still making history nearly two months after it first opened in theaters.

The latest accomplishment: The Disney and Marvel superhero tentpole on Saturday passed 1997's Titanic to rank as the third top-grossing title of all time at the North American box office behind 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936.7 million) and 2009's Avatar ($760.5 million), not adjusted for inflation.

Black Panther finished Friday with a domestic total of $659.3 million, just shy of the $659.5 million grossed by Titanic.

Globally, Black Panther has grossed $1.29 billion to date and currently ranks as the No. 10 top-grossing title of all time.

The film — unprecedented in being a big-budget studio tentpole featuring a virtually all-black cast — stars Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther alongside Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.

The story, described as a tale of black power and black pride in addition to its superhero themes, follows T'Challa as he is sworn in as king of Wakanda, a cloaked, technologically advanced nation in Africa that is home to the exotic metal vibranium, the source of Black Panther's powers.