It’s safe to say that “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is every bit the big-screen hit that Hollywood had been hoping for.
Deadline is reporting that the Marvel Studios sequel is projected to add an additional $50 million in domestic ticket sales to the movie’s already hefty box office receipts.
That will be added to the $303 million domestic box office the film has accumulated to date, with a worldwide gross of more than $560 million.
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As Variety reported during the film’s opening weekend, not only has the sequel to 2018’s “Black Panther” provided a much-needed shot in the arm to beleaguered cinemas, the film has also broken the record for November openings, bringing in a whopping $330 million at the worldwide box office, including $180 million domestically.
This easily beats the previous November domestic record of $158 million set by 2013’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”.
“Wakanda Forever” can also boast of the second-biggest domestic opening weekend of 2022, slightly below the $187.4 million opening of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”, as well as the third-best opening since the pandemic, with “Spider-Man: No Way Home” retaining the top spot with a $260 million opening.
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Tony Chambers, EVP and head of theatrical distribution at Disney (parent company of Marvel Studios), credited the success of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” to both “the Marvel track record” and “the quality of the filmmaking.”