‘Black Panther’ About to Pass ‘Titanic’ to Become No. 3 Highest-Earning Movie in the U.S.

Marvel and Disney's Black Panther continues its reign as a box office superhero. The film is high on a record-breaking streak, and it’s just made history again. Its $652.5 million domestic box office total reported on Tuesday officially beats out Jurassic World's $652.3 million earned in 2015. That makes Black Panther the No. 4 movie ever in the U.S. 

And in a mere $6.8 million, Ryan Coogler's MCU-redefining film will pass 1997's Titanic to give us a new No. 3. (It could happen as early as Thursday or Friday, although Forbes' estimate isweekend's end if not very early next week.)

Once Black Panther passes James Cameron's nautical 11-time Oscar-winner, it will need to rally another $100 million to hit Avatar's $760.5 mill. At the top of the heap is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, dropped in December 2015 and outperformed all of American movie history to the tune of $936.6 million.


Globally, Black Panther lapped Frozen’s $1.276 billion, entering the top 10 movies of all time with a total gross of $1.279 billion to date. The top five international markets for the Wakanda-set flick have been China, the U.K., South Korea, Brazil, and France.

It's already been a couple weeks, though, since Black Panther became the highest grossing solo superhero movie.

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Woody Harrelson May Play the Ultra-Vicious Carnage to Tom Hardy’s Very Scary Venom

There's a blank space next to Woody Harrelson's name in the character listing for Venom, but a little birdie is claiming the famed actor will play Carnage in the upcoming film.

Bleeding Cool reports that they've been told in “a very confirm-y way that not only is Carnage to appear in the upcoming Venom movie but, yes, he will be played by Woody Harrelson.”

Prior to this, Riz Ahmed was rumored to play Carnage while Harrelson's yet-to-be-named character was described as “a henchman of sorts.” Now, Ahmed is listed to play Dr. Carlton Drake in the film, making neither descriptions match the comic book character.

Carnage debuted in 1992's Amazing Spider-Man #360 when an alien symbiote merged with a serial killer named Cletus Kasady, thus creating a darker villain than VenomHowever, Carnage became so vicious Venom eventually had to team up with his archenemy Spider-Man to stop him. It seems Hardy's Venom might have to fend off Carnage by himself this time. 

If Harrelson is portraying the red-and-black villain, it wouldn't be the furst time he's played a serial killer, having taken the role of one in 1994's Natural Born Killers. He also gave us chills in his psychotic role of the Colonel in War for the Planet of the Apes. So there's little doubt that he'd be an epic Carnage. He's also shown he's down to play big franchise ball with sags like Star Wars and The Hunger Games.

Venom is set to hit theaters Oct. 5.

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Quentin Tarantino May Not Write the Next ‘Star Trek’ Film After All

Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek script may never reach the big screen.

Zachary Quinto, who stars as Spock a.k.a. our favorite Half-Vulcan in the rebooted franchise, told Entertainment Tonight that there are a few people gunning for the writer's chair for the upcoming film.

“First of all, I think there’s a couple of scripts. Because there was a script being written before Quentin Tarantino came up with his idea for a potential film. And so I think they are kind of developing more than one,” he said. “So I don’t know what is going to happen. Quentin is off doing another movie. So, I feel like we are in a state of anticipation. All of us are really excited about the idea of working with Quentin on a Trek film, but I know Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, who wrote the last film, are writing a script and there are another set of writers writing a script. So I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Back in 2009, J.J. Abrams produced and directed the first film in the rebooted franchise, while Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman took on the writing duties. Two more films, Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond, have been released since then. While the next installment is set to be released in 2019, it seems they'll either have a series of multiverses with different writers or only one will come out on top. Or perhaps they're trying to keep up with their nerd rival, Star Wars, which has multiple series in the works.

Either way, Tarantino is pretty busy these days as he's working on the film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is based on the gruesome murders of Sharon Tate and her friends by Charles Manson's followers. Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio are set to star as Tate's next-door neighbors, while Margot Robbie is in talks to play the late actress.

But we'd be lying if we weren't curious what a Tarantino-backed Star Trek would look like either!

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Mark Hamill Calls on Disney to Slow Down on The ‘Star Wars’ Projects

Is there such a thing as too much Star Wars? The franchise's own Luke Skywalker aka Mark Hamill thinks so.

“I will say they should pace themselves because you don't want to oversaturate it,” Hamill told CinemaBlend in a recent interview. “I said to Disney, 'Really? Five months after we come out, comes [Solo: A Star Wars Story]? Can't you at least wait until Christmas?' But they've got things booked—they're doing Marvel and their own movies, so that's beyond my [purview.]”

Disney is doing a lot. Before Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, the production company released six films in 28 years. Now, Disney is already on pace to break that record with five films within three years, including Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and the upcoming films Episode IX and Solo: A Star Wars Story. There's also a “few Star Wars series” in the works for Disney's upcoming streaming platform, according to the company's CEO Bob Iger. Rian Johnson is set to helm one of the series while Game of Thrones' showrunners, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, will create a new trilogy for the franchise.

Although even Hamill admits that the Star Wars is a vast galaxy with countless stories to be told—but he's in favor of standalone films rather than more trilogies.

“Well, there shouldn't be [a limit to the storytelling], as it's a canvas that's so infinite. With the standalone films, they can all have their own identity. Rogue One can be gritty and like a war film … I'm assuming, I don't know, but I would assume that Solo will be more comedic-ly oriented because he's a rogue, a scoundrel, and a gambler, and a womanizer and all those things,” he explained. “So I think the advantage of the standalone films is that they don't have to follow the formula of a trilogy, so they can establish their premise, get it on, get it done and get out leaving the audience wanting more. So there's infinite possibilities.”

Either way, we're sure Star Wars' fans don't mind. The more Star Wars, the better.

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Don C. and Hiroshi Fujiwara on the Influence Japanese Streetwear Has Had on America | ComplexCon(versations)

At ComplexCon 2017, Union LA's Chris Gibbs hosted Hype East, a panel featuring Takashi Murakami, Don C. (founder, Just Don), Hiroshi Fujiwara, and Yoon Ahn (founder, Ambush), who dissected the influence Japanese streetwear has had on America.

“For me, when I look at it, it's always going around in a circle,” Ahn says. “We consume it and we make it better, and then the people who gave birth to it, they kind of appreciate it again.”

Takashi also explains how Star Wars and George Lucas have had a major impact on him, and Don C. praises Hiroshi Fujiwara for being an architect for today's scene. “Everybody up in here is here… maybe a few degrees of separation, but somehow because of you,” he says.

Watch the full conversation above, and keep it locked to Complex as we'll be sharing more ComplexCon(versations) panels featuring the likes of André 3000, Rick Ross, Lena Waithe, Ryan Coogler, Virgil Abloh, Cam'ron, and more.

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