For those who are saying that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a box office flop, please. The film has already surpassed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office, and has amassed $67 million during its second weekend. It could reach $1 billion by the time its run ends, which would be another success for Marvel and Ryan Coogler, who continues to build stories for Disney with the upcoming Ironheart and Okoye/Midnight Angels series.
Black Adam continues its box office run, but Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has impressively surpassed Jaume Collet-Serra‘s cumulative total, even if it added $4.4 million this weekend. The hierarchy of power of Dwayne Johnson‘s DC movie did not last very long, as there is a new king of superhero movies. Wakanda Forever may even be the most profitable comic book movie of the year by the time the year ends, especially if it starts to garner some awards buzz.
Mark Mylod‘s The Menu also served up (my apologies, but there had to be a food-related pun in there) a hefty amount of audience members, as the film opened at number two, with a $9 million domestic tally, and $15.2 million internationally. It’s the highest-grossing opening for a Searchlight Pictures film since Danny Boyle‘s Slumdog Millionaire in 2008, which went on to win Best Picture. I’m not saying it’s the automatic frontrunner, but don’t be surprised if it gets nominated for many awards once nominations come in. A Best Picture Oscar nomination is not out of the question.
Maria Schrader‘s She Said disappointed at the box office. While it did receive positive reviews, the investigative drama barely made an impression in theatres, opening in sixth place with a meager $2.2 million tally. Of course, if the film garners some form of consideration during awards season, it could pick up the pace in the months to come, but it has not been a great debut for the film.
Here’s the full list of the top 10 films for the week:
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney): $67.3M (-62.9%) – 4,396 theatres
- The Menu (Disney): $9.0M – 3,211 theatres
- The Chosen Season 3: Episodes 1 & 2 (Fathom Events): $8.2M – 2,027 theatres
- Black Adam (Warner Bros/DC): $4.4M (-44.3%) – 3,372 theatres
- Ticket to Paradise (Universal): $3.2M (-45.8%) – 3,268 theatres
- She Said (Universal): $2.2M – 2,022 theatres
- Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (Sony): $1.9M (-40.6%) – 2,307 theatres
- Smile (Paramount): $1.1M (-50.8%) – 1,569 theatres
- Prey for the Devil (Lionsgate): $935.000 (-51.7%) – 1,389 theatres
- The Banshees of Inisherin (Disney): $703.000 (-57.4%) – 812 theatres
Source: Box Office Mojo