‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Towers Over Global Box Office With $330 Million Opening

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Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is off to an incredible start at the box office, having already earned more than $330 million worldwide.

Disney reports that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever earned an estimated $180 during its first weekend in North American theaters, destroying the previous record for a November opening, which was held by 2013’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with $158 million. Overseas, Wakanda Forever debuted to about $150 million for a worldwide total of $330 million by the end of Sunday.

Marvel now owns the two biggest opening weekends of the year. Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, another Marvel Studios feature, opened to $187.4 million back in May, a figure that has yet to be topped by another movie this year.

Paramount’s Top: Gun Maverick remains the highest-grossing movie of the year for now with a worldwide total of 1.487 billion, followed by Jurassic World Dominion with $1.001 billion and the Doctor Strange sequel with $955.7 million. With no serious competition until Avatar: The Way of Water in December, Wakanda Forever is expected to continue dominating the box office in the coming weeks.

How much did the first Black Panther score in its opening weekend?

In comparison, Black Panther opened to $202 million domestically when it was released in theaters in February 2018. The movie went to on to earn more than 1.34 billion worldwide, making it the fourteenth highest-grossing feature of all-time at the time of this writing.

Two years after the release of Black Panther and T’Challa’s return in Avengers: Infinity War and its follow-up Endgame, Chadwick Boseman, the actor behind the fan-favorite character, passed away at the age of 43, following a four-year battle with colon cancer. Marvel made the decision not to recast T’Challa for the sequel, with a new character taking on the Black Panther mantle.

In Heroic Hollywood’s review of the movie Ryden Scarnato wrote “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever picks up after the events of Avengers: Endgame, with T’Challa’s death becoming permanent due to Boseman’s real-life passing and the story now following the world of Wakanda dealing with that grief. While the film is an ensemble, it ultimately rests on the shoulders of Letitia Wright’s Shuri and Angela Bassett’s Queen Ramonda.”

“When it comes to performances, everyone here is at the top of their game, and you can’t help but think that’s because of how intertwined the film is with real life. With Wright and Bassett serving as focal points, the two are the strongest of the bunch, with incredibly personal moments that are some of the most heartfelt we’ve ever seen in the MCU. Shuri’s larger role in the film, in particular, also works for those who might have reservations.”

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Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.