'This is for you, Chadwick': Internet euphoric as 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' rakes in $180M
The Ryan Coogler movie has raked in $180M domestically between November 11 and 13 and $330M globally, despite the fact that the sequel had to proceed without Chadwick Boseman, who played the titular character in 'Black Panther' in 2018.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney’s theatrical distribution chief Tony Chambers said, "The film had a terrific opening weekend and resonated with all audiences. Marvel and Ryan Coogler did a phenomenal job addressing the unfortunate loss of Chadwick Boseman, and we've seen a tremendous response from fans as to how it respectfully honored his legacy."
Netizens too are paying tributes to Boseman by uploading a glimpse of a movie scene, as a user wrote, "This is gonna be an emotional rollercoaster. Here we go. This is for you, Chadwick." Another user wrote, "the silent intro of wakanda: forever in honor of chadwick boseman and i will never recover from this movie." One of the user wrote, "It’s impossible to re-create the irreplaceable Chadwick Boseman for a Black Panther sequel, but Wakanda Forever beautifully honors his memory and carries his legacy respectfully."
It’s impossible to re-create the irreplaceable Chadwick Boseman for a Black Panther sequel, but Wakanda Forever beautifully honors his memory and carries his legacy respectfully pic.twitter.com/7wVS8Den5n— Okiro (@TheFirstOkiro) November 10, 2022
'Black Panther' was the first movie to feature a primarily Black cast in 2018, and the movie quickly became a cultural phenomenon, grossing more than $1.34B worldwide. Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong'o, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, Florence Kasumba and Martin Freeman star in the sequel, alongside Tenoch Huerta as Namor and Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams.
According to Disney, 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' has the 12th best overseas opening of any MCU film. Overall, Europe performed well, topped by the United Kingdom ($15M) and France ($13.7M). Mexico ranked third overall with $12.8M, followed by South Korea ($8.9M) and Brazil ($7.1M). Due to the Halloween tragedy in Seoul that left scores of people dead (Marvel/Disney pulled all marketing out of consideration for the situation), the movie had a sluggish start in South Korea, US today reported.
'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' was given an A CinemaScore by the audience and garnered high ratings on PostTrak. However, the first Black Panther scored a coveted A+. Disney and Marvel anticipate the film to be running for long during the Thanksgiving corridor.