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On its path to set box office records, Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever pounced on its competitors over the weekend.
The superhero sequel, which debuted in theaters throughout the country on November 11, made $180 million domestically and $150 million internationally, dethroning Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Black Adam as the top movie, according to Variety.
“It’s an outstanding result. The first film represented such a major cultural milestone that its performance would have been challenging to follow even under normal circumstances,” box office analyst Shawn Robbins said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Wakanda Forever also broke the domestic November record, defeating The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s $158 million haul from 2013.
Following Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which brought in $187.4 million over its opening weekend in May, Wakanda Forever currently has the second-highest opening weekend in 2022.
It’s impossible to avoid comparisons to the groundbreaking original Black Panther movie. The way the sequel pays tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman is arguably its most touching component.
Boseman who played the role of T’Challa, died in 2020 at the age of 43 from a severe form of colon cancer.
“This performance from a sequel almost five years later speaks to the trust audiences have in [Director] Ryan Coogler, Marvel, and the entire creative team to continue the story in a respectful way after Chadwick Boseman’s tragic passing. It’s an opportunity for everyone to say goodbye to him together as the franchise moves forward with his legacy at the heart of it,” Robbins stated.
The Hollywood Reporter claims that Wakanda Forever debuted less than 11% behind the 2018 movie that went on to become not only a cultural touchstone but a global success.
Black Panther made $202 million in the home market on its first weekend and more than $1.34 billion worldwide.
Even yet, Wakanda Forever is the 13th most popular domestic launch.
Over the weekend, several A-listers and fans swarmed theaters throughout the nation.
Take a look at who supported the film below.
1. Zinzi Evans and Ryan Coogler
Black Panther: Wankanda Forever director Ryan Coogler and Zinzi Evans looked radiant!
2. Angela Bassett and Courtney Vance
Angela Bassett and, husband and award-winning actor, Courtney Vance were all smiles.
3. Lupita Nyong’o
Lupita Nyong’o’s face card NEVER declines!
4. Letitia Wright (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Letitia Wright proudly repping Wakanda!
5. Danai Gurira
Yesss! Come through Danai Gurira!
6. Winston Duke
Winston Duke was looking dapper!
7. Michaela Coel
Michaela Coel looked absolutely beautiful.
8. Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan showed up and showed out during the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premiere.
9. Tessa Thompson
Tessa Thompson came through to support the Black Panther sequel.
10. Karrueche Tran
Karrueche Tran looked breathtaking.
11. Marsai Martin
Marsai Martin was serving face!
12. Halle and Chloe Bailey
The Bailey sisters looked gorgeous!
13. Kendrick Sampson
Okay, don’t hurt ’em now. Kendrick Sampson showed up and out!
14. Regé-Jean Page
Regé-Jean Page was in the building.
15. Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright made an appearance at the film’s premiere screening red carpet.
16. Quinta Brunson
Quinta Brunson came through and looked amazing!
17. Sheryl Lee Ralph
Sheryl Lee Ralph was ready to watch Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The bad gal Riri looked beautiful at the film’s premiere.