‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Unrivaled At Box Office In Its Second Week
At the box office, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is unstoppable. On its second weekend, the most recent Marvel superhero movie continues to dominate the North American chart, bringing its domestic box office total to an estimated $67.3 million.
The second weekend of the “Black Panther” sequel witnessed a 63% drop in attendance, which is not unexpected for a popular superhero film. In terms of percentage drop, the Ryan Coogler-directed movie holds up better than any other Marvel Cinematic Universe film that was released during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wakanda Forever is ranked No. 5 on the overall list of second-weekend drop out of all 30 MCU movies that have been theatrically released over the previous 20 years. When “Black Widow” was simultaneously made accessible on Disney+ Premiere during its opening weekend in theaters in July 2021, it experienced a 67.8% loss on its second weekend, ranking it as the largest drop of all time.
The second-biggest decline was recorded by “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which fell 67.7% in July of this year. In addition, “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which had a record-breaking $360.1 million premiere in December 2021, experienced a dramatic decrease of 67.5 percent on its second weekend, placing it third overall. Early in May 2022, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” debuted to $187.1 million. Over the following two weekends, that amount dropped by 67.5%.
“Wakanda Forever” has already earned $546.3 million worldwide ($287.99 million domestically and $258.3 million internationally). It now holds the title of 2022’s second-largest global opening.
Newcomer “The Menu” follows “Wakanda Forever” at No. 2, opening to an estimated $9 million from around 3,100 domestic cinemas. Ralph Fiennes plays a superstar chef in the R-rated parody who cooks a magnificent, if possibly a touch nauseating, lunch for a young couple (Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult) and other millionaires.
The biggest surprise of the weekend comes from the crowdfunded streaming series “The Chosen Season 3: Episode 1 & 2,” which is about the life of Jesus. From 2,009 theaters, the first two episodes of the third season brought in almost $8.2 million.
With an anticipated $4.5 million, “Black Adam” drops from No. 2 to No. 4, while “Ticket to Paradise” likewise drops two spots to No. 5 with about $3.2 million.
Luca Guadagnino’s “Bones and All” has a strong opening weekend at specialty theaters. Timothee Chalamet and Taylor Russell’s cannibal love story made $120,000 for an average of $23,983 per screen after debuting in 5 theaters before going national on November 23. Erik Lomis, president of UAR, said, “I’m hoping throughout the Thanksgiving period, the audience has a taste for it.”
Top 10 of North America Box Office (Nov. 18-20, 2022):
- “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” – $67.3 million
- “The Menu” – $9 million
- “The Chosen Season 3: Episode 1 & 2” – $8.2 million
- “Black Adam” – $4.5 million
- “Ticket to Paradise” – $3.2 million
- “She Said” – $2.2 million
- “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” – $1.9 million
- “Smile” – $1.2 million
- “Prey for the Devil” – $935,000
- “The Banshees of Inisherin” – $703,000