Sequel Scores $180M Opening – The Hollywood Reporter

Ryan Cooglers Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Wandering.

The superhero sequel grossed $180 million domestically Movie ticket counter Chasing the biggest November launch of all time and the second biggest launch of 2022 so far behind peers Marvel Studios‘The picture Doctor Strange in the diversity of madness ($187.4 million). And it easily took the weekend crown from the DC superhero film Black AdamNow on the fourth weekend.

Overseas, the Marvel and Disney tentpole debuted to $150 million to $330 million worldwide (that’s the size of DC’s Black Adam earned in the first three weeks).

when Wakanda forever It didn’t match Coogler’s $202 million domestic debut Black Panther As of 2018, it’s still doing strong business, according to ComScore, and ranks 13th on the all-time list of domestic releases (all but one of the 13 are releases from the Disney account). The sequel’s arrival at the marquee couldn’t have been more welcome after a severe fallout for theater owners.

going into the weekend, Wakanda forever It will debut in the $175 million range.

Black Panther 2Screening in 4,396 theaters domestically, it earned $84 million on Friday alone, one of the biggest opening days of all time and tied with fellow Marvel Studios title Avengers: Age of Ultron No. in the list. 9, not adjusted for inflation. Friday load Includes $28 million in previews Thursday evening (Friday is Veterans Day).

Coogler’s film received an A CinemaScore from audiences and a strong exit at PostTrak. (One difference: first Black Panther Got the coveted A+. It played to a racially diverse audience, led by Black moviegoers (34 percent), according to PostTrack. It played more evenly gender-wise than most superhero films, with women making up 45 percent of the audience.

In 2018, Black Panther The Hollywood studio tentpole featured a primarily black cast and became a cultural phenomenon en route to grossing more than $1.34 billion at the global box office.

The sequel endured tragedy when Chadwick Boseman, who played the titular role of T’Challa/Black Panther in the 2018 film, died of colon cancer in August 2020. Wakanda Forever’Starring Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o. Letitia WrightWinston Duke, Danai Gurira, Florence Kazumba and Martin Freeman, as well as Marvel newcomer Tenoch Huerta as Namor and Dominic Thorne as hero Riri Williams.

“It’s a great decision. The first film represented a huge cultural milestone, and its performance would have been challenging to follow even under normal circumstances,” said box office analyst Shawn Robbins. It speaks to the hope that audiences have, to honorably continue the story after Chadwick Boseman’s tragic passing. As the franchise moves forward with a focus on his legacy, it’s a chance for everyone to say goodbye to him together.

Among the superhero movies released during the pandemic, Sony and Marvels Spider-Man: No Way Home It opened in December 2021 for $260.1 million. Doctor Strange in the diversity of madness with 187.4 million dollars in May, while Thor: Love and Thunder It grossed $144.2 million in July. In March 2022, DC and Warner Bros.’ Batman It flew up to $134 million on its release. More recently, D.C Black AdamDwayne Johnson in his first live-action superhero role grossed over $67 million domestically.

Another high-profile opening this weekend Steven Spielberg‘s semi-autobiographical story and Oscar contender FablemansLike a feature film gets a slow platform release.

The Universal and Amblin Entertainment film opened in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles with a strong local average of $40,000, one of the best films of the year. Everywhere and everything at once And Banshees of Inisher. Fablemans It received an A CinemaScore and a 95 percent critics score on Rotten Tomatoes.

A lot more to come.

Nov. 12, 10:30 am Updated with revised international numbers.

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