The Marvel super-hero flick “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” smashed box office records during its first week in release.
Marvel’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” dominated the domestic box office in its debut, earning $180 million over the weekend and providing a much-needed lift to beleaguered cinemas.
The sequel demolished the record for a November opening in North America, soaring past the previous high-water mark of $158 million set by 2013’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
Globally, the superhero adventure netted a spectacular $330 million with $150 million of that figure coming from 55 overseas markets.
The original “Black Panther” film also scored at the box office racking up over $192 million in its first three-day weekend in February 2018.
— Variety (@Variety) November 13, 2022
Critics lauded director Ryan Coogler’s handling of the sequel especially in light of the passing of the original film’s star, Chadwick Boseman, who died of cancer in 2020.
Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman wrote, “‘Wakanda Forever’ has a slow-burn emotional suspense. Once the film starts to gather steam, it doesn’t let up.”
The New York Times: “‘Black Panther’ lived up to the hype.”
Salon.com: “When it comes to creative visuals, engaging action and likable characters, ‘Black Panther’ stands confidently next to the best fare offered up by the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,' which wrested the weekend crown from DC superhero pic 'Black Adam,' opened to $180 million at the domestic box office — the biggest November opening of all time and the second-biggest launch of 2022 so far https://t.co/ZOuUDWc8XQ
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) November 13, 2022