Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Breaks November Box Office Record 2022
Debuting bang in the middle of the projected range of $175 million and $185 million, Disney and Marvel’s superhero sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has splashed down with a stellar $180 million opening weekend. While that falls short of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ $187 million debut which is still the biggest of the year, and the first Black Panther’s $202 million opening weekend haul back in 2018, Wakanda Forever has broken the record for the biggest November debut, overtaking 2013’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Doctor Strange 2 benefited from being a direct follow-up to the record-smashing Spider-Man: No Way Home, which featured Benedict Cumberbatch’s superhero in a pivotal supporting role, not to mention that tantalizing tease of a title. However, word is out that Wakanda Forever is lean on the action, and this is said to have influenced its below-expectations overseas debut, which is coming in at around $150 million. Globally, the film’s total stands at an excellent $330 million. It was projected to make around $365 million worldwide in its opening weekend.
The first Black Panther concluded its run with an astounding $700 million domestic haul — the sixth-biggest tally of all time. It then finished with $1.3 billion globally, against a reported budget of $200 million. Marvel now has three of the top five biggest opening weekends of the year; Thor: Love and Thunder made $144 million in its debut. Other top weekend debuts of 2022 include Jurassic World Dominion ($145 million), The Batman ($134 million) and Top Gun: Maverick ($126 million). As far as Marvel’s internal rankings go, Wakanda Forever’s $180 million debut is just ahead of Captain America: Civil War ($179 million) and Iron Man 3 ($174 million).
Directed by Ryan Coogler, Wakanda Forever was refashioned into a moving tribute to late star Chadwick Boseman, who tragically passed in 2020, after privately battling cancer for four years. The film received a strong A CinemaScore from opening day audiences, which could bode well for its holiday season legs.
After topping the box office for three weekends in a row, rival DC’s Black Adam slipped to the number two spot, with $8.6 million in its fourth weekend, taking its running domestic total to $151 million. Starring Dwayne Johnson in a role that he has coveted for over a decade — one that he put all his starry might behind, the film cost a massive $195 million to produce, and is still a long way away from being counted as an outright hit.