November 13, 2022
Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ much-hyped sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever didn’t disappoint, generating an estimated $181 million in opening weekend box office revenue across 4,300 North American screens through Nov. 13. The follow-up to 2018’s hugely successful Black Panther ($1.34 billion in global revenue) starring the late Chadwick Boseman, has generated a projected $330 million in worldwide revenue.
Wakanda Forever topped the previous November record setter, Lionsgate’s 2013 debut of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which generated $158 million in its opening weekend. Notably, the sequel did not match the original’s $202 million three-day opening and could finish behind the debut of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which generated more than $187 million in its May 6-8 North American opening.
Regardless, Marvel reigns supreme at the box office until Disney’s 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water, the long-awaited sequel to the No. 1 grossing movie of all time, Avatar ($2.9+ billion), launches on Dec. 16.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics Black Adam added $10 million in revenue to bring its four-week North American tally past $152 million. Universal Pictures’ romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise upped its four-week tally past $56 million with another $6.3 million in ticket sales. Sony Pictures’ animated action-comedy, Lyle, Lyle Crocodile, sold another $3 million in ticket sales to top $40 million after six weeks.
Paramount Pictures’ horror film Smile generated more than $2.2 million to bring its seven-week tally past $102 million. Finally, Lionsgate’s Prey for the Devil added $2 million at 2,164 North American screens to lift the movie’s gross to near $17 million.