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Black Panther Wakanda Forever from Marvel was the most popular movie in the United States when it opened. It made $180 million over the weekend, a big boost for struggling theaters.
The sequel broke the record for a movie coming out in November in North America. It beat the $158 million record set by “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” in 2013. In addition, the superhero adventure made an impressive $330 million worldwide, with $150 million coming from 55 markets outside the United States.
But its success has a bittersweet side to it. That’s because the people who made the sequel had to deal with a shocking tragedy before filming began. When Chadwick Boseman, the actor who gave “Black Panther” a lot of its heart, died of cancer in 2020. He had just turned 43.
In response, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” was changed into a tribute to the late actor by the film’s director and co-writer, Ryan Coogler. In the movie, the kingdom of Wakanda is trying to deal with the death of King T’Challa. This is an example of how art can be like real life, which makes the movie more emotional.
Challenges during filming Black Panther
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” also had several other problems. They made the $250 million movie while COVID was going on. And had to deal with the fact that one of its stars, Letitia Wright, got hurt, which stopped filming. But, of course, that’s nothing compared to how much the theater world has changed since then.
When “Black Panther” came out four years ago, China and Russia were still big movie markets. But it’s getting harder for Hollywood movies to get into China, and since Russia invaded Ukraine, studio movies can’t be shown there anymore. So, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” will be a huge hit worldwide, but it probably won’t make as much as its predecessor, which made $1.4 billion.
“Wakanda Forever” is currently the second-biggest domestic debut of the year. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” made $187.4 million in its first week. It also has the third-best bow from the Pandemic era, behind the Doctor Strange movie mentioned above and “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which cost $260 million.
Other competing movies
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” was a movie that most movies didn’t want to make. But “The Fabelmans,” a semi-autobiographical film by Steven Spielberg, only got a limited release. The movie opened in four theaters in New York City and Los Angeles and made an average of $160,000, or about $40,000 per screen. So when it goes wide on November 23, that will be the actual test.
The Warner Bros. and DC movie “Black Adam,” which is based on a comic book, came in second at the domestic box office. It made $8.6 million, which brought its domestic total to $151.1 million.
“Ticket to Paradise,” a romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney, came in third place with $6.1 million. Its total in the United States is now $56.5 million. With $3.2 million, Sony’s “Lyle, Lyle Crocodile” came in fourth. Since it opened a month ago, it has made $40,8 million.
“Smile,” a low-budget horror hit from Paramount, came in fifth with $2.3 million. The movie only cost $17 million, half of a “Fabelman.” It has made an impressive $102.8 million in the United States. With a result like that, the studio should be grinning from ear to ear.
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The owners of theaters have been begging for good news. Ticket sales have been low since the summer. This is bad for a COVID-hit industry. Cineworld, the second largest exhibitor, filed for bankruptcy, and other theaters have been looking at the possibility of going out of business. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” couldn’t come soon enough in this sad situation.