Disney/Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Eyes Weekend, Monthly Box Office Records

The theatrical debut of Disney/Marvel Studios’ sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a lock to be the top-grossing weekend box office title through Nov. 13, but could it also become the top November release in history? Disney is releasing the movie across 4,300 North American screens, including 400 Imax venues.

That speculation depends on how well the sequel to the 2018 original Black Panther, starring the late Chadwick Boseman, approaches the three-day box office revenue estimates approaching $170 million. The tally could be enough to unseat Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which generated $158.1 million in November 2013 ticket sales.

Wakanda Forever generated $28 million in Thursday screenings, which reportedly tops the original Black Panther.

The original release, which generated a whopping $202 million in its Feb. 18, 2018, debut, enroute to $700 million in North American revenue, and $1.34 billion globally, broke cultural barriers with unprecedented numbers of black and white moviegoers.

The sequel, which has rated on social media review sites such as 86% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes, also deals with the untimely passing of Black Panther lead Boseman, who died in 2020 from colon cancer at the age of 43. His death could have the same positive box office effect the unexpected passings of Heath Ledger and Paul Walker had on The Dark Knight and Furious 7, respectively. Both titles set box office benchmarks for their respective franchises.

Other weekend theatrical returnees include Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics’ Black Adam, starring Dwayne Johnson and projected to add $8 million in ticket sales, as well as Universal Pictures’ romantic comedy, Ticket to Paradise, with $6 million in ticket sales.

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