Wakanda Forever Box Office Aims For $175M Opening Weekend

There is good box office news on the horizon as the first forecast for Disney and Marvel Studios Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is in Ryan Coogler‘s eagerly awaited sequel from 2018 Black Panther According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s expected to gross at least $175 million in North America over its opening weekend. That would be good enough for the second-best opening of 2022 thereafter Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opened at $187.4 million.


Black Panther grossed $202 million domestically during its opening weekend in February 2018 and not only became a cultural landmark for its predominantly black cast, but also a pop culture phenomenon with the iconic catchphrase “Wakanda Forever” running through the films themselves goes out The film grossed more than $1.34 billion at the worldwide box office, breaking numerous records in the process. It currently holds the record for the highest-grossing film by a black filmmaker, the third-highest-grossing film in the country’s history, and the ninth-highest-grossing film of all time worldwide.

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The global box office is still finding its footing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, although superhero films have generally done well since cinemas reopened. Comparisons are most likely made with Spider-Man: No Way Home — a joint Sony/Disney production — which opened in December 2021 with $260.1 million, a number surpassed only by Disney and Marvel Avengers: Endgame ($357.1 million). This film briefly claimed the title of highest-grossing film of all time avatar before JamesCameron‘s epic was re-released in anticipation of the sequel in December, Avatar: The Way of Water.

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The highest-grossing films of the year are currently Top Gun: Maverickwho gave Tom cruise the biggest film of his career to date, and Jurassic Park domination ($1.001 billion). Maverick, who is still playing in some theaters, has had an amazing success that was certainly unexpected on this scale. With a domestic gross of over $715 million — good enough for the fifth highest-grossing domestic film in history — it’s approaching $1.5 billion.

Wakanda forever The road to the big screen was one of disruption and tragedy. The eponymous hero and star of the original film, Chadwick BosemanShe died in August 2020 after a battle with colon cancer. After his death, Marvel confirmed that the role of T’Challa, King of Wakanda would not be recast, but that the story would go on without him. Before his death, filming was scheduled to begin in March 2021 before being pushed back to June of the same year.

The original May 6, 2022 release date was pushed back to July 8, 2022 following Boseman’s death. The release date was pushed back again after filming halted following an accident involving a star Letizia Wright (Shuri) suffers a concussion and a fractured shoulder. Filming was further delayed due to an outbreak of COVID-19 within the cast and crew in January before finally wrapping up on March 24, 2022.

The sequel retains cast members from the first film, including WrightLupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, Florence Kasumba, and Martin Freimanwhile Dominic Dorn joins the cast as Riri Williams, who will soon have her own Disney+ series heart of steel. Tenoch Huerta has also signed on as Namor, the king of Talokan, an ancient civilization of underwater creatures, and the film’s antagonist.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens in cinemas on November 11th. You can check out the trailer for Return to Wakanda below:

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