Updated Nov 13, 2022 - Economy

"Wakanda Forever" dominates box office with 2nd biggest debut of 2022

ct: A scene from Marvel Studios' Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios.

A scene from Marvel Studios' "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever." Photo: Courtesy of Marvel Studios.

"Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" earned $180 million across North American theaters since its Friday release, making it the second biggest opening of the year, AP reports.

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.

Yes, but: The first "Black Panther" project grossed $75.8 million on its opening Friday. It ended with a $202 million domestic debut back in 2018, per CNBC.

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.

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.

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