"Wakanda Forever" dominates box office with 2nd biggest debut of 2022
Why it matters: "Wakanda Forever" represents the final opportunity for Disney, and the general box office, to make up for a slow summer.
Details: "Wakanda Forever" opened across more than 4,300 theaters and experienced one of the biggest openings of all time, finishing behind “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”
- Overseas, it earned an additional $150 million from 50 territories, bringing its worldwide total to $330 million, per AP.
The big picture: The high-grossing debut for the "Black Panther" sequel is a welcome sign as Disney and movie theaters faced a tough summer of fewer movies and fewer blockbusters.
- But it is another notch in the belt for Disney, which had two major Marvel hits — "Thor: Love and Thunder" and "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" — earlier this year.
What's next: The next big Marvel film "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" will drop in February 2023.
- It's a must-watch as the film's villain will be Kang the Conquerer (played by Jonathan Majors), who first appeared in "Loki" as He Who Remains.
- Kang will be the major villain in the MCU leading into the next two "Avengers" movies — "The Kang Dynasty" and "Avengers: Secret Wars."
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Editor's note: This story has been updated with box office numbers released Sunday.