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'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' shatters box office, goes past $400M globally in opening week

The film’s strong enactment helped drive the Disney conglomerate past 3 billion dollars in global ticket sales
UPDATED NOV 18, 2022
Letitia Wright as Shuri in a still from 'Black Panther' (IMDb)
Letitia Wright as Shuri in a still from 'Black Panther' (IMDb)

Once again, Marvel fans from across the globe assembled and helped MCU's last movie of phase 4, 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' boom at the box office globally. The movie made many headlines for 'Ironheart' cameo, with people speculating who will be the new 'Black Panther'. Lastly, let's not forget when everyone thought Bad Girl Riri, aka Rihanna, traded her singing career with being a beauty mogul, Marvel surprised everyone by bringing Rihanna to sing the film's lead single 'Lift me up'. It marks her first solo musical output since 2016.

The film received positive reviews from critics, with praise towards Ryan Coogler's direction, the action sequences, production and costume design, the cast's performances (particularly those of Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Tenoch Huerta, and Angela Bassett), emotional weight, musical score, and its tributes to Chadwick Boseman, although the runtime and plot received some criticism. The film has grossed over $400 million worldwide. 


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According to THR, the sequel launched for $181 million in North America last weekend, a November record. It was also the second-biggest box office debut of 2022 so far, after another Marvel Studios' epic 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' ($187.4 million). The film’s strong enactment helped drive the Disney conglomerate past $3 billion in global ticket sales earlier this week.

Many people on social media did speculate if the movie would come through and make numbers as the main lead and charm of the predecessor, Chadwick Boseman died of colon cancer in August 2020. However, the fans displayed their loyalty to the franchise by showing up at the theaters. It is anticipated that 'Wakanda Forever' will remain a powerhouse throughout the Thanksgiving holiday, which is one of the busiest moviegoing times of the year. 

Tenoch Huerta as Namor the Sub-Mariner in 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever'. (IMDb/Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)
Tenoch Huerta as Namor the Sub-Mariner in 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' (IMDb/Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)

As for the upcoming weekend, the 'Black Panther' sequel will effortlessly stay on top of the worldwide chart. Domestically, it is expected to gross at least $70 million+, which should put its worldwide gross at $550 million or more, by the end of Sunday to evolve into one of the top-grossing titles of the year.

Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, 'Wakanda Forever' is the 30th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It is directed by Ryan Coogler, who co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Robert Cole, along with film stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Angela Bassett. In the film, the leaders of Wakanda fight to protect their nation in the wake of King T'Challa's death.

In case, you haven't watched 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' you can watch it in theaters near you.