Walt Disney’s ‘Black Panther’ Overtakes ‘Titanic’ to Become the Third-Highest-Grossing Film Ever

Walt Disney’s recent superhero smash hit, Black Panther, has broken another record at the box office by surpassing James Cameron’s 1997 epic, Titanic, to become the third top-grossing movie of all time at the North American box office.

As of April 7, the Marvel blockbuster raked in an estimated total of $665.4 million in domestic ticket sales, beating Titanic’s $659.4 million (unadjusted for inflation); it currently sits behind Avatar ($760 million) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936 million). Now a pop-culture phenomenon, Black Panther is the first superhero film with a majority-black cast to achieve a feat of that magnitude.

The movie has also become the 10th film to gross over $1.3 billion worldwide, pitching it between Frozen ($1.277 billion in 2013/2014) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($1.33 billion in 2017/2018).

The record is more good news for The Walt Disney Company, an organization that saw its corporate reputation soar on The Harris Poll’s recent Reputation Quotient survey from #7 in 2017 to #5 in 2018. Americans not only commended Disney’s vision and leadership, but more important, its financial performance. Walt Disney was ranked #2 among the top five companies excelling financially, according to Americans.