Black Panther becomes most tweeted about film in history

Tom Powell
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Black Panther has set a new record for the most tweeted about film in history.

The Marvel Studios hit has been tweeted about more than 35 million times, pushing it ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The most recent Star Wars instalment, The Last Jedi, ranks third.

Black Panther has also become the first film since 2009's Avatar to top the box office in North America for five straight weekends.

The superhero film has grossed more than 607 million dollars (£433 million) domestically and 1.2 billion dollars (£856 million) worldwide.

In the next week it is expected to pass The Avengers as the highest grossing superhero film ever, not accounting for inflation.

Twitter said Black Panther had the most tweets in the US, followed by the UK and Thailand.