You will be shocked to hear the latest Marvel the movie is a huge hit.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever debuted in theaters across the country and around the world over the weekend, surpassing most pundits’ predictions for its box office performance. The film grossed an estimated $180 million in US theaters alone and around $330 million worldwide.
Those are epic numbers – even if they’re a little lower than the opening Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness earlier this spring (which grossed $187.4 million in theaters in its opening weekend) and from the first Black Pantherwhich earned $202 million domestically in its first three days of release back in 2018. Still, Wakanda foreverthe opening was significantly better than the last Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, Thor: Love and Thunderwhich opened to $144.1 million earlier this summer.
The time of year always has an impact on the box office; Doctor Strange and Thor both opened in the late spring and summer, while Wakanda forever rolls out in theaters in mid-November, shortly before the theatrical movie business traditionally picks up during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. And actually Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s totals last weekend are good enough to make it the biggest opening ever for a November release. (This title was previously owned by The Hunger Games: Catching Firewhich earned $158 million in its first three days in theaters back in 2013.)
While Wakanda forevers big opening was never in doubt, it remains to be seen how the film will play through the potentially lucrative holidays to come. The film received an A from CinemaScore, typically a good sign that audiences like a film and word of mouth will be positive. While an A is better than Marvel’s Multiverse of Madness and Love and Thunder — both of which earned B+s from CinemaScore, the original Black Panther got a rare A+. So audiences have liked it so far – just not quite as much as the first film.
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