November 18, 2022
Disney/Marvel Studios’ breakout theatrical hit, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, looks set to again dominate the weekend box office, with about $67 million in projected ticket sales across almost 4,400 screens.
While the tally suggests a steep drop from last weekend’s record $181.3 million in revenue, strong critical acclaim and social media buzz should sustain moviegoer interest in the sequel to the 2018 original Black Panther until Disney/20th Century Studios’ long awaited Avatar sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, debuts on Dec. 16.
Disney is expected to continue its box office dominance with the debut of Searchlight Pictures’ horror comedy, The Menu, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Fiennes and Nicholas Hoult. The movie is projected to generate upwards of $10 million across 3,100 screens.
Universal Pictures’ new release, She Said, a biographical drama based on movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s history of abuse and sexual misconduct against women, is expected to open to less than $3 million in ticket sales.
That should not be enough to best Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics’ Black Adam and Universal’s Ticket to Paradise, with both movies looking to extend their theatrical runs with single-digit million-dollar ticket sales. Adam has topped $358 million in global ticket sales, while Ticket has $160 million in worldwide revenue.