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‘Black Panther’ Joins ‘Avatar’ in Elite Box Office Records Club

Marvel movie is first in eight years to take No. 1 at the box office for five straight weeks

“Black Panther” has taken on all comers at the box office and has now done something that no film has been able to do for the past eight years: it is the first film since “Avatar” in 2010 to take the No. 1 spot at the box office for five consecutive weeks.

At a time when studios are putting out major releases throughout the year, it’s much harder for a film to remain atop the charts for more than three weeks in today’s market. Aside from “Avatar” — which was No. 1 for seven straight weeks from mid-December 2009 through the end of January 2010 — all the films that have stayed at No. 1 for five straight weeks or more were released before the turn of the century.

After “Avatar,” the most recent film to five-peat at the box office was “The Sixth Sense” in the summer of 1999. The record for longest No. 1 streak belongs to “Titanic,” which opened in mid-December 1997 and stayed atop the charts for 15 weekends through the end of March 1998. Second on the list is “Beverly Hills Cop” with 13 weekends in 1984-85, followed by “Home Alone” with 12 weekends in 1990-91.

With a total of $605 million, “Black Panther” will pass the $623 million made by “The Avengers” sometime this week, making it the top superhero movie on the domestic charts of all time. At 31 days, it’s the second-fastest film to gross $600 million domestically, sitting only behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

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