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'Black Panther' sets new North American Monday box office record

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Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" set numerous box office records in its first weekend of release. (Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios-Disney)

"Black Panther" has continued to shatter North American box office records after banking a whopping $242 million in its first four days on release.

Director Ryan Coogler's Marvel blockbuster, the first major studio superhero film to feature a predominantly black cast, enjoyed a big boost over the President's Day holiday weekend to claim second place on the list of highest-grossing debuts.

It is only just behind 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which currently holds the title with $288.1 million. The recent sci-fi sequel, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," is at three with $241.6 million.

"Black Panther," starring Chadwick Boseman as the titular superhero, also set a new milestone as the biggest Monday earner to date, adding $40.2 million to its haul on President's Day, just $100,000 more than "The Force Awakens."

Meanwhile, its final three-day opening figure of $201.7 million has helped the Marvel movie secure the title of the fifth-highest North American debut in box office history. "The Force Awakens" also leads that list with $247.9 million.

"Black Panther"'s other domestic records include the biggest February opening, the biggest pre-summer launch of all-time, and the highest-grossing singular superhero movie, easily outpacing Iron Man 3's $174 million debut in 2013.

Coogler can now also boast about having the biggest opening for a film with a black director - an honor previously held by F. Gary Gray for 2017's The Fate of the Furious, which banked $98.8 million in its first weekend on release.

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