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Marvel Studios and Disneys’ Openings Black Panther: Wakanda forever gave the whole of Hollywood — and theater owners — a much-needed pre-Thanksgiving party after the box office plummeted.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, Wakanda forever debuted with a record $180 million domestically over the weekend of November 11-13 and $330 million globally despite the fact that the sequel had to continue without Chadwick Boseman—who play the main character in 2018 Black Panther — after the actor passed away from cancer in August 2020.

“The movie had a great opening weekend and resonated with all audiences. Marvel and Ryan Coogler did a phenomenal job addressing the unfortunate passing of Chadwick Boseman, and we’ve seen a tremendous response from fans to the way they respectfully honor his legacy. ,” said Tony Chambers, Disney’s director of theater distribution.

In 2018, Black Panther is the first Hollywood studio blockbuster to feature a predominantly Black cast and has turned into a cultural phenomenon on its way to grossing more than $1.34 billion at the global box office.

Wakanda forever’The film’s cast includes Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, Florence Kasumba, and Martin Freeman, as well as new Marvel actor Tenoch Huerta as Namor and Dominique Thorne as him. hero Riri Williams.

Here are the sequel’s achievements (and lingering questions).

Biggest November debut of all time in North America

The previous November record holder was of 2013 Arena mortal: Flammability (158.1 million USD), followed by 2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon (142.8 million USD), 2012 The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn: Part 2 ($141 million), 2011 The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn: Part 1 (138.1 million USD) and in 2019 Ice 2 (130.3 million USD). In general, studio blockbusters usually release closer to Thanksgiving, so they tend to last into December. Marvel/Disney decided to go earlier with Wakanda.

Power for the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Wakanda foreverdebut means MCU movies — including Spider-Man: No Way Home, produced in partnership with Sony — currently accounts for 9 of the 15 movies with the highest opening weekend ever, unadjusted for inflation. That includes seven of the top 15 openings in the pandemic era, led by No Way Home ($260 million) followed by Doctor Strange in the Mad Multiverse ($187 million) and Wakanda forever.

All told, the seven MCU movies released in 2021 and 2022 have so far brought in about $2.3 billion in domestic box office revenue, representing about 21 share of the total box office.

Important Percentage

While Wakanda forever can’t match Coogler’s first domestic opening of $202 million Black Pantherit’s less than 11% behind the first film, a significant drop considering the challenges Cooger and Marvel face.

And it’s only 4 percent behind Doctor Strange and the crazy Multiverse and more than 25 percent before the summer of 2022 Marvel picture Thor: Love and Thunder (144.2 million USD).

Second biggest launch in 2022 so far

The only movie that made more money in its first week was Multiverse of madness.


Coogler’s blockbuster was shown to an ethnically diverse audience, led by black audiences (34%) and followed by whites (31%), Latinos (21%) and Asians /other (14%), according to PostTrak. It’s also more gender-biased than most superhero movies, with women making up 45% of the audience.

international forecast

While Wakanda forever launched with a solid $150 million overseas, it doesn’t have the advantage of a landing in China, the first Black Panther made over $100 million during its run. And Russia is still limited to Hollywood movies because of the war in Ukraine.

Disney notes that Black Panther: Wakanda forever still scores the 12th MCU opening of all time worldwide. Overall, Europe is strong, led by the UK ($15 million) and followed by France ($13.7 million). Out of all markets, Mexico ranked third with $12.8 million, followed by South Korea ($8.9 million) and Brazil ($7.1 million). Korea came after the debut of Black Panther due to the Halloween tragedy in Seoul where many people died (Marvel/Disney has stopped all marketing to accommodate the situation).

Time will answer

Wakanda forever received an A on CinemaScore from audiences and a strong debut on PostTrak. However, for the first time Black Panther earned a coveted A+ on its way to $1.38 billion in global sales. Disney and Marvel are, of course, counting on a long runway for Wakanda forever all over the Thanksgiving hallway and until the Disney faucet Avatar opened on December 16th, but it’s too early to say where Black Panther The sequel will eventually land globally.

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