There is a new hierarchy of power in movies, as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever predictably dethroned Black Adam this weekend. The movie opened with a stunning $180 million debut, which exceeded expectations. The film now holds the biggest November opening of all time and the second biggest opening of 2022 behind Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Ryan Coogler is also the first Black filmmaker to have two movies in the top 15 highest openings of all time. Wakanda Forever is currently sitting at the thirteenth position, and is also the first solo filmmaker to have two films opening at $180M+ at the box office. That’s quite impressive, but also not surprising, considering the amount of positive reviews the movie has gotten, and the unifying tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed T’Challa in the first film and passed away in August 2020.
Black Adam dipped considerably this weekend, but it was predictable. The Dwayne Johnson-led superhero film fared well, but its reign at the box office will go downhill as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will likely stay in the number one spot for the next few weeks, maybe until Avatar: The Way of the Water releases, which is the next colossal tentpole to cap off the best moviegoing year of our times.
There were no other new releases this weekend, save for Steven Spielberg‘s The Fabelmans, which begins its [very] limited run this week. The movie will open wide on Thanksgiving weekend and has so far only grossed $160.000 in four theatres and opened in the fourteenth place.
Other films like Ticket to Paradise, The Banshees of Inisherin, Smile, and Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile continue to do well, but it’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s weekend, and one who may have a serious chance at snagging a few Awards nominations. Its Best Picture chances may be a longshot, but the film may get lots of technical nods, and a possible one for Angela Bassett in Best Supporting Actress. Time will tell if Disney will campaign for Bassett, but the movie is performing very well in cinemas now.
Here’s the full list of the top 10 films of the week:
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney): $180M – 4,396 theatres
- Black Adam (Warner Bros/DC): $8.6M (-52.9%) – 3,603 theatres
- Ticket to Paradise (Universal): $6.1M (-28.6%) – 3,640 theatres
- Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (Sony): $3.2M (-5%) – 2,486 theatres
- Smile (Paramount): $2.3M (-41.5%) – 2,271 theatres
- Prey for the Devil (Lionsgate): $2.0M (-48.4%) – 2,164 theatres
- The Banshees of Inisherin (Disney): $1.7M (-17.4%) – 960 theatres
- One Piece Film: Red (Crunchyroll): $1.4M (-84.5%) – 2,213 theatres
- Till (MGM): $618.254 (-66.6%) – 1,358 theatres
- Armageddon Time (Universal): $352.000 (-55.6%) – 981 theatres
Source: Box Office Mojo