Marvel is celebrating its latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever after it broke box office records worldwide bringing in some good money for the studio.
The hype for Wakanda Forever has been so high it has definitely boosted the movie’s numbers and rankings at the box office grossing over $330 million in global ticket sales in its opening weekend, according to Disney.
Wakanda Forever is the second biggest debut of 2022 after fellow MCU movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, according to the Associated Press. It is also the highest-grossing November debut ever, according to CNN.
The first Black Panther movie opened to $202 million at the box office in 2018 and eventually went on to become the 14th highest-grossing movie of all time, at $1.4 billion worldwide. After the sudden death of Chadwick Boseman, who played King T’Challa/Black Panther in the original movie, Wakanda Forever became a tribute to the honourable character. Boseman died in 2020 from colon cancer, which he had quietly fought for many years.
Along with Black Panther’s returning actors (Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke and Danai Gurira), Wakanda Forever introduces a few new actors and characters to Wakanda, like Michaela Coel as warrior Aneka, Dominique Thorne as Ironheart and Tenoch Huerta Mejia as anti-hero Namor.
“Some may have hoped for $200 million like the first film, but this is solid,” said Paul Dergarabedian, Comscore’s senior media analyst. “This is the type of movie that theatres really need to drive audiences.”
Directed by Ryan Coogler, who co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Robert Cole, the film follows the story of the leaders of Wakanda fighting to protect their nation in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.