‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Kicks Off w/ $330M Global Launch, Sets New Record For November Box Opening w/ $180M Domestic Debut
“Black Panther” fans across the globe definitely showed up and showed out for the franchise this weekend.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” premiered on Nov. 11. The highly-anticipated film is the second installment in Marvel’s “Black Panther” franchise. The sequel highlights the challenges faced by the nation of Wakanda since the passing of T’Challa, portrayed by the late actor Chadwick Boseman.
As previously reported, Chadwick Boseman died in 2020 after suffering from a private battle with colon cancer. He was only 43 years old. Following his passing, Marvel ultimately decided not to recast the role of T’Challa.
It seems like the film studio made the right decision. According to new reports, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” ruled the domestic box office, earning $180 million over the weekend, officially setting a new record for a November opening in North America. The previous record holder was 2013’s “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which brought in $158 million.
The “Black Panther” sequel cleaned up globally as well, bringing in a reported $330 million with $150 million of that figure coming from 55 overseas markets. Ryan Coogler – the film’s director – has been trending on Twitter as fans weigh in on his latest body of work.
One Twitter user praised the creator and said,
“I know a lot of people wanted to #RecastTChalla but I think Ryan Coogler did and excellent job on respecting Chadwick legacy, and of course, you can feel his presence missing on the movie.”
Another user noted,
“Ryan Coogler is best director of the MCU right now. The man had an impossible job to do and he exceeded beyond expectations. Twice”
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