Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has gone big at the box office. It landed a huge $180 million domestically and $150 million overseas this weekend for a global weekend total of $330 million.
Those numbers place it well over the previous record holder for November, 2013’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with $158 million. It also pushes Wakanda Forever up to third place in the biggest opening weekends of the post COVID era behind Spider-Man: No Way Home ($260M) and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse Of Madness ($187M). Maybe rumors of the death of the MCU have been premature? Or there is nothing else on at the cinema?
Many comparisons are being made with the other superhero big release this quarter, Black Adam. In three days Wakanda Forever is only $20 million behind the Black Adam haul for a month – $350 million.
Speaking of Black Adam, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson congratulated all involved with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever with the following message:
A huge congratulations to the entire #BlackPanther TEAM
Biggest opening ever for the month of November 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 💪🏾🥃
That’s a lot of happy movie goers around the world.
Beautiful!!! Can’t wait to see the movie.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) November 13, 2022
The first movie was made into a cultural event and scored $1.4 billion at the box office, while earning an Oscar nomination. Reviews of this have been a little softer, while observers are a little more cynical this time around. Will Black Panther: Wakanda Forever have the legs?