WAKANDA FOREVER Smashes November Records With $181M Debut (BOX OFFICE)

Marvel’s new BLACK PANTHER film dominated US and global box office to the tune of $331M worldwide.

More like Marvel forever.

Continuing its string of blockbuster openings, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever — the sequel to Black Panther, the most successful non-Avengers Marvel movie of all time — opened to a November record of $181 million at the North American box office. That shatters previous November champ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire which hauled in $158M over its first three days back in 2013.

Internationally, Wakanda Forever added $150M for a worldwide launch of $331M.

As impressive as those numbers are, Wakanda Forever was still second-best for 2022, coming in slightly behind Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness summer hit, which cashed in $187M when it opened in May. Also, it was second to Black Panther‘s stunning $202M debut weekend in February 2018. That movie went on to earn $700M domestic (#6 All Time) and $1.38 billion worldwide (#14 All Time).

Wakanda Forever‘s dominance left little room for everything else. Previous #1 Black Adam (the latest DC comic book entry, starring Dwayne Johnson) fell hard to second place with a slim $8.6 million. Its current domestic gross stands at $151M, with a worldwide tally of $352.2M.

Rounding out the Top 5 were Ticket to Paradise, the George Clooney / Julia Roberts bickering Rom Com, which held at #3 with $6.1M ($56.5M domestic; $150M worldwide), Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile at #4 with $3.2M ($40.8M domestic; $72.6M worldwide), and low budget horror sensation Smile at #5 with $2.3M ($102.7M domestic; $210M worldwide).

Steven Spielberg‘s semi-autobiographical The Fabelman‘s opened to $160K in limited release on 4 screens in New York and LA, but its $40,000 screen average was just $1K less than that of Wakanda Forever. The Oscar hopeful opens nationwide over Thanksgiving weekend.

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