Ahead of Thanksgiving Week, Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” ruled atop the box office yet again for the second straight week. Per Box Office Mojo, The recently released sequel drew an estimated $67.3 million for its second frame, bringing its domestic total to about $288 million and now about $546 million worldwide.
As reported by The Blast, the film had a strong start in its opening weekend, raking in $181 million and about $330 million worldwide. Now it’s nearing almost $300 million at the domestic box office and almost $600 million worldwide.
‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Racks Up More Box Office Receipts
There wasn’t much in the way of major competition over the weekend, enabling Marvel Studios to dominate the box office charts once again. “Wakanda Forever” did have a hefty dropoff of about 63% in its second weekend, but it was likely anticipated, especially with the film having such a large opening weekend of about $181.3 million.
The good news for Disney and Marvel Studios is that “Wakanda Forever”won’t see much in the way of significant competition in the coming weeks, that is until James Cameron’s long-awaited “Avatar” sequel, “Avatar: The Way of Water,” is released next month. And that film is another Disney-owned property.
The only other major theatrical release this week is the Disney CG-animated feature, “Strange World.” And with this being a holiday weekend, there definitely appears to be potential for ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ to top the charts for a third weekend in a row.
The other good news is that “Wakanda Forever” actually had a lower second-weekend dropoff than another 2022 Marvel Studios sequel, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” which had the biggest box office opening weekend of the year with $187 million. The film dropped off 67% in its second weekend, but it still ended up making $411 million domestically and $955 million worldwide.
Meanwhile, another Marvel Studios sequel release in the summer, “Thor: Love and Thunder” had an opening weekend of $144 million and dropped off more than 67% in its second weekend as well. That film finished with $343 million domestically and $760 million worldwide.
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is probably a more accurate range of where ‘Black Panther’ will likely end up. The film will likely not top the $700 million domestic and $1.38 billion worldwide take of the original, but considering the circumstances, “Wakanda Forever” is doing well.
“Wakanda Forever” taking a hit at the box office was a foregone conclusion, with the film not being released in China or Russia. Not to mention, the original was lightning in a bottle and also starred the late Chadwick Boseman. The film was a global phenomenon that audiences went crazy over. That type of excitement is sometimes hard to repeat for a sequel, no matter the size. Not to mention, the first “Black Panther” movie also came out in a pre-pandemic era.
— Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (@theblackpanther) November 20, 2022
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is out now in theaters. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler, who co-wrote the script with Joe Robert Cole. It stars Letitia Wright, Tenoch Huerta Mejía, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Dominique Thorne, and Martin Freeman.
Fans who are still eager for another Marvel Cinematic Universe fix can also check out ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special,” which hits Disney+ on Friday, November 25.