‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ had a record opening in November

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ had a record opening in November

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” was the main challenge to follow “Black Panther,” One of the biggest blockbusters of all time, and it had to do without star Chadwick Boseman, who died in 2020.

Despite all the challenges, “Wakanda Forever” Notch a big box office opening this weekend. The Marvel movie opened to an estimated $180 million in North America, according to the film’s studio, Disney.

The opening represented one of the best premieres of the year and made the superhero film the highest-grossing debut in November. The original record was held by “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which earned $158 million in November 2013. The box office haul came in where most people in Hollywood were predicting.

Produced the film $330 million worldwide so far.

It’s no wonder why “Wakanda Forever” did so well this weekend.

The film, starring Letitia Wright and Angela Bassett as the princess and queen of the African nation of Wakanda, comes from Marvel Studios — Hollywood’s most profitable brand — and is a sequel to one of the most popular films of all time. .

When “Black Panther” hit theaters in February 2018, it opened to a whopping $202 million weekend. It went on to gross $1.3 billion worldwide and earned multiple Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. The film is considered one of the best in the comic book genre and one of Marvel’s best.

Audiences are also likely to buy a ticket to “Wakanda Forever” to see how the film and director Ryan Coogler will handle Boseman’s passing. In an interview with Empire magazine in September, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said that “it felt too early” to recast the late actor. Boseman died of colon cancer at the age of 43.

As for its critical reception, “Wakanda Forever” has notched up An 84% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences also gave the film an “A” on CinemaScore.

“‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ had an inordinate difficulty addressing Chadwick Boseman’s tragic death,” Brian Lowry, CNN’s media critic, wrote In his review. “For a movie to hit that stark tone and still deliver as Marvel-style entertainment represents a major achievement.”

The film’s solid opening comes at a good time for theaters and Disney.

For theaters, the industry needs a blockbuster to boost numbers as new, notable films have been hard to come by in recent months.

As for Disney, shares of the media giant sank 13% on Wednesday After the company reported its streaming business lost $1.4 billion last quarterDespite the increase in its customer base.

The debut of “Wakanda Forever” is unlikely to affect Disney’s stock as investors remain highly focused on the company’s streaming efforts. But the strong box office performance helped Disney end a bad week on a high note.

That could help build momentum for theaters with another potential Disney blockbuster on the horizon next month: “Avatar: Waterway.”

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