In case you haven’t heard, Black Panther has just surpassed a $1 billion grossing mark this weekend.
What makes this feat epic is that the movie has done so barely a month after its release in cinemas nationwide.
What makes it even more epic is the impact it has made on a people and the emotions and stories it has elicited from audiences across the globe.
I went to see the movie myself and I can say that for the most part, the encomiums and libations were well worth it. Have a go at this semi-review of the movie I did here.
In the last five years however, there are movies that have so far surpassed the $1 billion mark in gross earnings. I foresee Black Panther heading up to the top of the table in the next few months as it continues to show across the world and people go to see it for the second and third and fourth time as passion and spirit leads.
Here are ten other movies in the last five years whose casts and makers have smiled gleefully to the bank:
The Force Awakens – Disney’s 2015 seventh instalment of the Star Wars franchise grossed a whopping $2,068,223,624 in cinemas worldwide with a net profit of $780 million. Avatar and Titanic are said to be the first and second on the list of movies with the highest earnings ever. SW: The Force Awakens comes in third place on this list.
Another franchise series, Jurassic Park’s 2015 fourth instalment, Jurassic World, grossed $1,671,713,208 in cinemas worldwide. On opening weekend in 2015, the movie had grossed almost three times its $150 million budget and went on to become the fourth highest grossing movie of all time. Starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, the dinosaurs-on-rampage movie was both an education on Mesozoic animal and plant life, the future of technology and an excitingly gory type of entertainment.
Seems this list was made for movie franchises. Fast cars, outrageous stunts, evil villains and personable characters, the seventh instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise grossed $1,516,045,911 in cinemas when it was released in 2015. Starring the usual, Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson and the rest of the team, it was the last instalment to have Paul Walker who had passed two years earlier in a car crash.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
In Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, anything is possible, we’ve come to learn. This 2015 eleventh instalment in the MCU was star studded, from Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson to Stella Skarsgard and went on to gross $1,405,403,694 in the box office.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Following The Force Awakens, Disney released the eighth instalment of the Star Wars franchise in 2017 and it went on to make $1,331,429,897 in gross earnings worldwide. Many of the casts in the preceding part returned for the 2017 movie.
Beauty and the Beast
Disney decided to remake its 1991 animation romantic fantasy film starring Emma Watson as Belle, the protagonist of the story. Grossing $1,263,521,126 worldwide, the movie was received warmly by critics and received quite a number of nominations in 2017, after its February/March release the same year.
The Fate of the Furious
Continuing in the success of Furious 7, Fate of the Furious, 2017 instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise smiled to the bank with a whopping $1,238,764,765 in gross earnings.
For a movie that the critics took to the guillotine when it was released in 2015, $1,159,398,397 was definitely not a bad run. With over $1 billion in gross earnings, Minions is currently said to be the fourteenth highest grossing film of all time.
Captain America: Civil War
The Black Panther character must have been born in this 2016 release from the Marvel Cinematic Universe which grossed $1,153,304,495 in cinemas worldwide. One of many Marvel comics and with an increasing fan base, Kevin Fiege, President of Marvel Studios continues to find ground breaking plots to merge the comic and cinematic planes of all the Marvel characters and struggles.
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Critics went all out on this fantasy sci-fi calling its plot weak and overwhelmed by the “thunderous shower of metal, glass, masonry, and earth”, as New York Times’ A.O Scott puts it. Well, and so overwhelming the bank alerts must have been with its gross earnings of $1,104,054,072 worldwide.
One thing I am certain of is that Black Panther will climb this list further in the coming weeks and months because the hype and hunger for the Afrocentric instalment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe is yet to abate. It has already broken records with its four-day opening weekend gross of $242.1 million and its three-day gross of $202 million in the United States, its cast, director and impact. Currently grossing $1,078,615,601 worldwide, it is expected that it will continue to break barriers and current records like it started off with.
Fans are now waiting for the nominations to pour in during the next award season and definitely for the sequel or a spin off series that continues to celebrate the African continent and tell marginalised superhero stories that are more inclusive and representative of minority groups all around the world.
Amore was at the private screening of the movie last month and we bring you the scoop from the red carpet: