Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
disney Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” grossed about $180 million during its domestic premiere, setting the record for the biggest opener in November and the second-highest in 2022.
The long-awaited sequel to 2018’s smash hit “Black Panther” generated strong word of mouth over its opening weekend, with critics praising the film’s tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman and bringing Marvel movies to life. The universe is pushed into the future.
“Wakanda Forever” is expected to draw 12.7 million viewers this weekend, according to EntTelligence. Only Marvel’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” drew more moviegoers, drawing 13.7 million viewers during its May opening weekend.
“Multiverse of Madness” is also currently holding the record for the highest opening of 2022, with $187 million at the box office. If “Wakanda Forever” sees a surge in ticket sales on Sunday, it could surpass that number.
The film has already outperformed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which grossed $158 million when it premiered in 2013, the highest-grossing November ever.
Driving ticket sales are African-American and Hispanic moviegoers pouring into theaters over the weekend. Like “Black Panther,” “Wakanda Forever” is predominantly black, but also has several Hispanic cast members. These two demographics were very important to the box office success of the first movie.
EntTelligence estimates that 36 percent of ticket buyers are African-American, more than double the population that other Marvel movies typically represent. Hispanic audiences accounted for 13 percent of ticket sales.
Shawn Robbins, principal analyst at BoxOffice.com, said: “Wakanda Forever lives up to the hype, not only is it an important tentacle blockbuster for Disney and movie theaters, but it’s also a Chad Wikbo for fans to share and experience. Siman Monument.”
The film was also released during its theatrical release, giving the industry a much-needed boost.
Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore, said: “After weeks of post-summer slowdown, ‘Wakanda Forever’ is a strong reminder that an epic Marvel movie can bring blockbuster revenue to theaters .”
According to EntTelligence, “Wakanda Forever” accounted for 94 percent of all foot traffic in domestic theaters and nearly 100 percent of all weekend screenings in premium formats.
Comscore’s Dergarabedian noted that the film should spark some much-needed momentum ahead of the holidays, as it has limited competition and doesn’t hit theaters until Disney’s “Avatar: Way of Water” on December 12. 16.
“As fans’ heartfelt continuation of the Black Panther story and the MCU moves into its next phase, the positive response should help move the film forward,” said BoxOffice.com’s Robbins.