‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Sets November Box Office Record with $180 Million Debut at the BO!!

Disney and Marvel Studios Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is settling in at a $180M opening, and there is absolutely nothing to complain about. The MCU title unseats the previous November opening champ, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which held the month’s domestic box office opening record for nine years. Wakanda arrived slightly higher than Disney and tracking’s $175M+ estimate. Exhibition were the ones projecting this sequel higher, toward $185M. Worldwide start for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is $330M.

In regards to admissions, EntTelligence reports that Wakanda Forever pulled in the second-most for an opening weekend this year at 12.7M, after Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘ 13.7M. The sequel’s opening reps the third-highest of the pandemic era after Spider-Man: No Way Home ($260.1M) and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($187.4M).

Though $7M lighter than the start of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and $22M less than the 3-day of Black Panther, peg that to the time of year, when there’s not as much audience available, Wakanda‘s running time, and yes, likely no Chadwick Boseman. However, everybody is loving this sequel, and it has enough gas to hold No. 1 each weekend until 20th Century Studios/Disney’s Avatar: The Way of Water arrives on Dec. 16.

The first Black Panther held No. 1 for 5 weekends straight back in 2018. On PostTrak, a huge 38% of those polled said they plan to see Wakanda Forever again in a theater. Even though Doctor Strange 2 did a 2.2x off its opening for a $411.3M domestic final, it would not be shocking, given the great buzz for Wakanda Forever, to go further, for a half billion stateside endgame.

Other notches in the MCU belt: Wakanda’s opening stands as the 13th-highest opening of all-time, as well as the No. 8 opening of all-time for an MCU title. MCU now accounts for nine out of the top 15 opening weekends ever. Seven MCU movies released between 2021 and current times have grossed $2.3 billion at the box office, repping 21% of the the industry’s $11 billion domestic box office over that near two years.

Updated PostTrak held up throughout the weekend at 5 stars and 93% positive (the first one was 95%), an 85% definite recommend (BP was 88%), and a huge share of Black and Latino/Hispanic audiences, at respectively at 43% and 22% (BP was 40% and 18%).

The big difference here between part 2 and part 1: a huge turnout from women over 25 for Wakanda, which pulled in 32%, and also gave the MCU sequel its highest grade at 97%. That demo only repped 23% on the first Black Panther. Men over 25 showed up next at 31% (91% grade); they repped 27% on the first chapter. Men under 25 repped 21% (88% grade) vs. 29% on Black Panther. Women under 25 showed up at 15%, a lower share than BP‘s 21%, however, they gave the Letitia Wright-Angela Bassett-Lupita Nyong-o sequel a 96% grade.

Proof that word of mouth is in full effect: PostTrak shows that 56% of those who watched Wakanda Forever bought their ticket either the day of or the day before they saw it this weekend, versus 44% who bought their tickets in advance.

Also in PostTrak exits, 55% said they went to see Wakanda Forever because it’s part of a franchise they love, while 44% says it’s because it’s an MCU title, and 42% the cast as a whole.

EntTelligence shows that the average ticket price for Wakanda Forever was $13.71 across the board for the U.S., $12.63 for a non-premium ticket, and $17.24 for a premium format ticket. Top markets for Wakanda were LA, NYC, Dallas, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, D.C., Philly, Houston, and Phoenix in regards to attendance. More proof of the power of a Marvel tentpole: foot traffic was largely evenly spread throughout the day with 18% before 1pm, 29% between 1p-5pm, 30% between 5p-8pm, and 23% after 8pm.

Wakanda‘s Saturday at $56.5M is slightly up from Friday’s $56M (sans previews), a great sign in regards to momentum. Sunday is factored at a 30% from Saturday for a $39.5M take.

As we told you yesterday, Wakanda Forever‘s opening is a November US record for Imax with $14.2M at 405 auditoriums.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has succeeded in delivering a poignant, unmissable sequel to the iconic original, while jumpstarting the global box office ahead of a strong blockbuster slate through 2023. Heading into the Thanksgiving holiday, we expect this film to have a strong run,” said Rich Gelfond, CEO of IMAX in a statement. “A Filmed for IMAX release, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is one of many forthcoming tentpoles created with our technology, for our screens, and further demonstrates the creative and commercial power IMAX can help unlock.”

While exhibition has received word that Disney’s animated Thanksgiving release Strange World will hit Disney+ in time for the year-end holidays, there’s a robust theatrical window ahead for Wakanda Forever, definitely more than 45 days, I understand, with no plans for a holiday drop on the studio’s OTT service.

The other highlight this past weekend, though lower in the charts, was Amblin/Universal’s Steven Spielberg-directed autobiopic The Fabelmans, which got a start at four locations with $160K, or $40K per theater. The film received an A CinemaScore in polling over the weekend. The movie expands on Nov. 23 to roughly 600 theaters. The pic’s opening theater average is solid, much like Tar ($39K) and Banshees of Inisherin‘s ($46K), but it’s a much different movie. While those movies are very arthouse, Fabelmans has the potential to find a crossover audience in its family drama. Uni is supporting this film big throughout awards season after it won the Oscar bellwether People’s Choice award at TIFF.

Busting into the top 10 was Cinegalaxy’s Indian sci-fi movie Yashoda at 200 theaters in 84 markets, with prints in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. Numbers were OK in NYC, San Francisco, Dallas, and Seattle for what is shaping up to be a $395K opening. The movie from directors Haresh Narayan and K. Hari Shankar follows a pregnant woman named Yashodha, who is advised to follow a few guidelines about her physical and mental well being and safety. However, a set of events occur that make her live on the edge, risking her well being.

1.) Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Dis), 4,396 theaters, Fri $84M, 3-day $175M-$185M/Wk 1

2.) Black Adam (NL) 3,603 (-382) theaters, Fri $2.7M (-43%), 3-day $10M (-45%)/Total $152.5M/Wk 4

3.) Ticket to Paradise (Uni) 3,633 (-433) theaters, Fri $2.1M (-17%), 3-day $6.3M (-25%)/Total $56.7M/Wk 4

4.)  Lyle, Lyle Crocodile (Sony) 2,486 (-519) theaters, Fri $1.125M (+52%), 3-day $3M (-9%)/Total: $40.6M/Wk 6

5.) Smile (Par) 2,271 (-775) theaters, Fri $800K (-31%) ,3-day $2.285M (-43%),total  $102.7M/Wk 7

6.) Prey for the Devil (LG) 2,164 (-816) theaters, Fri $678K (-40%), 3-day $1.9M (-51%) Total $16.8M/ Wk 3

7.) One Piece Film Red (Crunchy) 2,161 (-206) theaters, Fri $481K (-90%), 3-day $1.53M (-84%)/Total $12.8M/Wk 2

8.)  Banshees of Inisherin (Sea) 960 (+65) Fri $548K (-25%), 3-day $1.5M (-25%), Total $5.6M/Wk 4

9.) Till (UAR) 1,358 (-778) theaters, Fri $193K (-63%), 3-day $685K (-63%)/Total $8.1M/Wk 5

10.) Yashoda (Cine) 200 theaters, Fri $137K, 3-day $395K/Wk 1


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