By Ryan Coogler Black Panther: Wakanda Forever The US box office has earned $45 million in advance ticket sales, and the highly anticipated Marvel Studios sequel is days away from officially opening in approximately 4,300 theaters domestically.
Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Chapek touted the strength of advance sales on the company’s earnings call Tuesday. “Ryan Cougar has delivered another culture-defining film … as evidenced by continued ticket sales,” Chapek told investors. (Chapek did not immediately cite the dollar figure, but instead confirmed it with sources The Hollywood Reporter.)
On Wednesday, Wakanda Forever It will begin its international rollout on its way to opening everywhere (except China and Russia) over the weekend. Projections show the tentpole opening to at least $175 million domestically — with some exhibitors suggesting $185 million to $200 million — and $155 million to $195 million at the international box office.
By Sunday, Wakanda ForeverAdvance ticket sales in the US were $45 million, a high Thor: Love and Thunder but behind (front) Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, according to a Disney insider. By Friday, advance ticket sales Wakanda Forever The number could be in the range of $60 million-$65 million, which could be higher than the $55 million raised by the former. Curry Leopard.
Coogler is grounded Curry Leopard It made history in 2018 when it debuted to $202 million domestically over the February 16-18 weekend. The film was the first Hollywood studio tentpole to feature a predominantly black cast and transformed into a cultural phenomenon en route to grossing more than $1.34 billion at the worldwide box office.
The journey to the big screen sequel endured its own tragedy when Chadwick Boseman, who played T’Challa/Black Panther in the 2018 film, died of colon cancer in August 2020. Wakanda Forever’His cast includes Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, Florence Kasumba and Martin Freeman, as well as Marvel newcomer Tenoch Huerta as Namor and Dominic Thorne as protagonist Riri Williams.
Among the superhero movies released during the Pandemic era, Sony and Marvels Spider-Man: No Way Home Opening in December 2021 to $260.1 million. Doctor Strange in many forms of madness It opened to $187.4 million in early May of this year Thor: Love and Thunder grossed $144.2 million in July (both from Marvel/Disney). In March 2022, DC and Warner Bros.’ Batman Jumped to $134 million in its debut. Most recently, DC’s Black AdamStarring Dwayne Johnson in his first live-action superhero role, the film opened to roughly $67 million domestically.