As expected, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever easily topped the box office this weekend with around $180 million. Although it is not as high as that of May Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (it fell below our $200 million forecast), it still represents a strong start to reviving the franchise after the tragic passing of series lead Chadwick Boseman. Many people point out that the long run is hampering the film’s opening numbers, but the strong reception should allow this leg to come out well. The movie has almost universal praise (especially from our own JimmyO who gave it a 10/10.) I’m not sure I’d go so far as to call it perfecto-mundo, lots of humor m missed, but a solid 8/10. I’m not sure this one will roll into awards season like the first one did, but if I may add my two cents: Angela Bassett deserves some credit for her role in this film. There’s a scene in this movie where if you take all the “superhero” out of the movie and just watch it as a grieving mother, that’s one of the most powerful scenes I’ve seen in any Marvel movie (with perhaps the only exception being the funeral scene of End of Game). With just one Oscar nomination under her belt for What’s love got to do with itI think it’s time to give this tremendous talent her due and bring her into the awards conversation for her sensational portrayal of the grieving Queen Ramonda.
This opening is shy of the first film’s February 2018 opening of $202 million, en route to a domestic total of $700 million and a worldwide total of $1.3 billion. It doesn’t look like this sequel will reach those same international heights as the film has been officially banned in China due to their strict censorship laws (read more about that in our article here where we cover China’s ban on wakanda forever and Black Adam). With a budget of $250 million, Wakanda still has a long way to go before it breaks even. Even if you take the $105 million out of the Chinese-made original, it was still well over the billion mark. This one may struggle to hit that B, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes close and is a solid moneymaker for the studio.
Coming in second place is black adam down 53% from last week to finish $8.6 million. While the movie surely isn’t the behemoth that DC and Dwayne Johnson envisioned, it’s not out of line to say that while this one may lose money (based on its massive $200 budget million), it sets the future of the DCEU up for success. I guess the same could have been said for Steel man when it was the first in the DCEU and we see how it went. Time will tell how James Gunn and Peter Safran handle their new responsibilities as top DC bosses.
Coming to third place is ticket to paradise losing just 29% from last week with $6.1 million. This one is proof that opening weekends aren’t always the telltale sign of a movie’s box office success. With the star power of Julia Roberts and George Clooney, it seemed like a $16 million opening was on the soft side for this light-hearted rom-com, but solid word of mouth propelled this one to small dips. week to week. Add to that that the international numbers are pretty healthy at nearly $100 million, and ticket to paradise proved that romantic comedy isn’t dead (as some may have claimed during the summer months.)
Rounding out the top five are another pair of solid word-of-mouth hits. In fourth place is Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile with $3.2 million, down just 5% from last weekend. It’s an incredible take for a film in its sixth week of release. As the real surprise hit Smile finally breaks the magic $100 million mark as it took in $2.3 million over the weekend for a cumulative total of $102.7 million.
prey for the devil still remains in the top ten, coming in at number six this weekend with just over $2 million while The Banshees of Inisherin had a small drop of just 17% for a $1.7 million weekend. If you haven’t had a chance to check this one out yet, I highly recommend it (as does Chris Bumbray who gave it a perfect 10/10). It’s a simple story of a friendship gone wrong, but the acting is absolutely spot on. I hope the four main actors (Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan) will remember when the Oscar nominations were announced.
Eighth and ninth place belonged to CrunchyRoll Studios One Piece Movie: Red with $1.4 million, losing 84% of its viewership from last weekend. These films tend to be front-loaded, so the drop isn’t entirely unexpected. The good news is that the film is already a huge moneymaker, attracting record numbers overseas. Strong reviews and much-talked-about performances from lead actress Danielle Deadwyler don’t seem to have the expected box office bump. Until while the tragic true story lost 67% of its viewership with just a weekend of $618,254. This one may have to rely on potential award nominations to keep it relevant over the coming weeks.
Tenth place goes to a movie that I have to be honest, that I’ve never heard of! Yashoda raised $380,000 this weekend. The release continues the tradition of highly successful Indian language films in the North American market.
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