November 20, 2022
Disney/Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, as expected, topped the weekend box office with a projected $67.3 million in ticket sales. When added to another $69.8 million in international revenue, the Ryan Coogler-directed sequel to the 2018 original Black Panther is fast approaching $550 million in worldwide revenue after more than 10 days of release. The tally includes 4.5 million in Imax revenue, reportedly upping the exhibitor’s total past $21.4 million
The movie is expected to have another strong North American weekend through Thanksgiving, while international ticket sales could be diminished by the start of the quadrennial World Cup soccer competition that begins today (Nov. 20) through Dec. 18 in Qatar. Wakanda Forever is projected to generate around $800 million in global ticket sales — about 44% less than Black Panther’s $1.38 billion global haul.
Searchlight Pictures’ horror comedy The Menu sold about $9 million worth of tickets in its debut to finish No. 2, narrowly edging out Fathom Events/Angel Studios’ special screening of season three of faith-based series, “The Chosen,” which generated around $8.2 million in ticket sales.
The debut tops last year’s Christmas With The Chosen: The Messengers, which finished No. 4 in its opening weekend on Dec. 1, 2021.
“After the overwhelming response of Chosen fans — and now Wingfeather Saga fans at a packed theatrical event in Nashville last week — we’re seeing that the same audiences who have helped us break streaming records can have a similar impact at the box office,” Neal Harmon, CEO of Angel Studios, said in a statement.
Finally, Universal Pictures’ critically acclaimed #MeToo-themed drama, She Said generated an underwhelming $2.2 million in opening weekend revenue on a reported $30 million production budget. The Carey Mulligan/Zoe Kazan co-starring movie based on The New York Times investigation of former Hollywood producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein is expected to be a contender for this year’s industry awards season.