‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Headed to Digital Retail Feb. 1, Disc Feb. 7

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ box office hit Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to hit digital retail channels on Feb. 1, followed by release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and 4K UHD Blu-ray on Feb. 7.

The sequel to the original Black Panther, starring the late Chadwick Boseman, also begins streaming on Disney+ on Feb. 1, as previously announced.

In addition, a two-movie bundle of both “Black Panther” films will be available for purchase or rent on all major digital platforms.

In the film, as the nation of Wakanda mourns the death of T’Challa, Princess Shuri (Letitia Wright) and General Okoye (Danai Gurira) investigate the threat of Namor (Tenoch Huerta) and his long-hidden underwater kingdom of Talokan, whose cultural heritage might hold the secret to restoring the legacy of the Black Panther.

The cast also includes Angela Bassett, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman and Dominique Thorne.

Walmart’s ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ 4K Blu-ray with enamel pin

Bonus materials on disc and with select digital retailers include deleted scenes, a gag reel, the featurettes “Envisioning Two Worlds” and “Passing the Mantle,” and audio commentary from filmmakers Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole and Autumn Durald Arkapaw.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has made $445.4 million at the domestic box office and more than $827.2 million worldwide as of Jan. 8.

Walmart will offer an exclusive 4K Ultra HD edition with custom artwork and a limited-edition Black Panther enamel pin.

Best Buy will feature the 4K Ultra HD combo pack with two separate Steelbook designs from artist Dorothea Taylor, one featuring Wakanda warriors and the other, the world of Talokan.

Best Buy’s ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ 4K Steelbooks

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Tops 5th Straight Weekend Box Office

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever topped the Dec 9-11 weekend box office with an estimated $11 million in revenue. The result represents the fifth consecutive No. 1 weekly box office for the sequel to 2018’s box office blockbuster Black Panther, starring the late Chadwick Boseman. Wakanda Forever has now topped $400 million at the North American box office and $767 million worldwide, and ranks as the No. 3 grossing domestic movie of the year.

That said, the movie’s ticket sales fell below projections and underscored an ongoing 2022 trend of lackluster moviegoer interest among consumers. That trajectory is expected to stopped in its tracks heading into 2023 with next weekend’s debut of James Cameron’s long-awaited sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water.

Until then, despite the breakout success of Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick ($718 million domestically, $1.48 billion worldwide), the title will not match 2021’s box office champ, Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures), which approached $805 million in North American revenue, and topped $1.9 billion globally.

The 2022 box office, however, is well ahead of last year with more than $6.7 billion in revenue, compared with $4.48 billion in 2021. And that’s not including the pending Avatar: The Way of Water.

Meanwhile, Universal Pictures’ Christmas dark comedy thriller, Violent Night, added almost $9 million to push its two-weekend total past $26 million. That was enough to best box office support players, including Disney Animation Studios’ Strange World with $3.6 million in ticket sales; Searchlight Pictures’ The Menu with another $2.7 million, and Columbia Pictures’ Devotion with $2 million) squeezing Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC Comics anti-superhero Black Adam ($1.3 million) out of the top five.

‘Black Panther 2,’ ‘Violent Night’ to Lead Last Weekend Box Office Ahead of ‘Avatar’ Tsunami

With 20th Century Studios’ much-hyped sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, set to debut on Dec. 16 and dominate the global box office for the foreseeable future, Disney’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Universal Pictures’ low-budget action comedy crime thriller Violent Night are set to enjoy their last theatrical weekend with little competition.

Wakanda Forever, the sequel to the 2018 box office sensation, Black Panther, starring the late Chadwick Boseman, is projected to sell another $12 million worth of tickets to push its North American gross past $400 million, $750 million globally. Both tallies are well-behind the $700 million domestic/$1.38 billion worldwide in revenue generated by the original movie.

Separately, Violent Night, starring David Harbour as a grumpy Santa who arrives at the home of a wealthy family under siege by criminals, continues to generate strong social media buzz. The film is expected to generate $8 million in revenue in its second weekend, upping its global haul past $30 million.

Other holdovers include Disney Animation’s box office disappointment Strange World with less than $4 million in ticket sales, Searchlight Pictures’ black comedy horror film The Menu with $2.5 million in revenue, and Columbia Pictures’ navel aviation drama Devotion at $1.9 million.

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Tops Fourth Straight Weekend Box Office

Disney/Marvel Studios’ superhero sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever topped its fourth consecutive weekend box office Dec. 2-4, selling more than $20 million worth of tickets across more than 3,800 North American screens. The tally ups the follow-up to the 2018 box office hit Black Panther to about $400 million and $733 million worldwide since its Nov. 11 theatrical debut.

Wakanda Forever held off Universal Pictures’ holiday-themed thriller Violent Night, which saw moviegoers spend $7 million ($20.3 million globally) across more than 3,600 North American screens to watch Santa Claus (David Harbour) surprise a group of home invasion burglars.

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Meanwhile, Disney’s animated Strange World continued to underperform, generating less than $5 million across more than 4,000 screens to up its two-week tally to $25.5 million domestically ($42.3 million worldwide). Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures’ thriller The Menu added $3.6 million in revenue across more than 2,800 screens, to up its three-week tally near $25 million ($47 million globally).

Finally, Sony Pictures’ Navy aviation thriller Devotion, based on the true story of Jesse Brown, the first Black aviator in U.S. Navy history, and his friendship with fellow fighter pilot Tom Hudner, realized another $2.8 million in revenue across more than 3,400 screens. The Korean War drama has grossed almost $14 million since its Thanksgiving debut.

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Eyes Fourth Consecutive Weekend Box Office Win

Disney/Marvel Studios’ latest superhero movie, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is expected to top the weekend box office for the fourth consecutive time the weekend of Dec. 2-4. The sequel to the 2018 box office hit Black Panther is approaching $700 million in global ticket sales, including $400 million in North America.

The lone new release is Universal Pictures’ holiday action-comedy, Violent Night — in which a group of mercenary home invaders, crashing a wealthy Christmas party and taking hostages, get a surprise visit from Santa (played by “Strange Things” actor David Harbour). It is reportedly projected to generate upwards of $10 million in ticket sales.

Returning releases include Disney’s animated Strange World ($5.9 million), Sony/Columbia Pictures’ Devotion ($3.1 million), Disney/Searchlight Pictures’ The Menu ($3 million), Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics’ Black Adam ($1.8 million) and Universal’s The Fabelmans ($1.4 million).

With scant new releases, Paramount Pictures is re-releasing the year’s biggest theatrical title, Top Gun: Maverick, across 2,000 screens, including Imax and other premium formats. The re-release is projected to add another $1 million in revenue to the movie’s $716.6 million domestic tally.

‘Black Panther 2’ Adds $64 Million Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office Revenue; Netflix’s ‘Knives Out’ Sequel Quietly Posts Strong Debut

Too bad Netflix doesn’t embrace the theatrical window instead of merely tolerating it. The streamer’s first major box office release, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, the expensive sequel to Lionsgate’s 2018 original Knives Out, reportedly generated upwards of $15 million across less than 700 screens over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend through Nov. 27.

Had the film, again starring Daniel Craig in the lead role of master detective Benoit Blanc, opened across 4,000 screens, it could have possibly won the weekend outright. But opening the movie at all exclusively in theaters was a major concession for Netflix and its co-CEO/chief content officer Ted Sarandos, who reiterated the service’s priority to its SVOD subscribers on the company’s Oct. 18 fiscal call.

“We’re in the business of entertaining our members with Netflix movies on Netflix. So that’s where we focus all of our energy and most of our spends,” Sarandos said at the time.

Netflix, which reportedly paid Knives Out director Rian Johnson $460 million for the sequel and third film’s release rights, bows Glass Onion on the platform Dec. 23.

As expected, Disney/Marvel Studios’ Black Panther sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, topped the weekend box office for the third time with an estimated $64 million in ticket sales. The follow-up to the 2018 original starring the late Chadwick Boseman has now topped $600 million in global ticket sales through three weekends.

Separately, Disney Animation’s Strange World debuted with an underwhelming $18.6 million in North American ticket sales, and $27.8 million globally. The tally is below Disney’s estimates of around $30 million, which when paired with low critical praise suggests a short theatrical run. That’s likely not a major concern for Disney, which is riding high with Black Panther 2 and the highly anticipated Avatar sequel release next month, Avatar: The Way of Water, on Dec. 16.

Netflix’s ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’ Throws Intrigue on Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office

Disney/Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is expected again to dominate the Nov. 27 weekend box office through the Thanksgiving holiday. Wakanda Forever is projected to add more than $58 million and narrow the gap to the No. 2 grossing movie of the year: Disney/Marvel’s Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. 

Separately, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, the sequel to the popular 2019 Knives Out, and the first ever Netflix movie to debut across all three major U.S. theatrical chains — AMC, Regal and Cinemark — including additional select theaters worldwide, offers some intrigue.

The movie again is headlined by Daniel Craig with a new supporting cast featuring Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline with Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista.

The original movie (distributed by Lionsgate) generated almost $313 million in revenue, including a $26.7 million North American debut. Those numbers are not expected for Glass Onion since the movie is screening in a reportedly low 700 theaters nationwide. Netflix, which continues to maintain a streaming-first distribution strategy, will begin streaming the sequel beginning Dec. 23. Still, a strong box office (estimated at $15 million over five days) could generate Netflix significant incremental revenue as well strong momentum and press ahead of the streaming window.

Meanwhile, Disney’s animated Strange World is projected to finish No. 2 over the holiday weekend with more than $19 million in ticket sales across about 4,000 screens. The movie is largest animated big screen movie in theaters since Warner Bros. Pictures Animation’s DC League of Super-Pets in JulyThe movie is projected to generate upwards of $35 million over the extended weekend.

The other release features Sony/Columbia Pictures’ interracial fighter-pilot-themed drama, Devotion, with $10 million in projected ticket sales. The movie is based on Jesse Brown, the first Black aviator in U.S. Navy history, and his enduring friendship with fellow fighter pilot Tom Hudner.

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Pushes Global Box Office Near $550 Million

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.

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‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Looks to Extend Weekend Box Office Supremacy

Disney-owned 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-owned 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.

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This Week’s MPN Podcast: ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story,’ ‘Blue Hawaii’ Reviews; Reflections on the Death of Kevin ‘Batman’ Conroy

On this week’s episode of the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley cover a review of Weird: The Al Yankovic Story by John Latchem. In much the same way that Weird Al writes parodies of famous songs, here he has co-written a movie that parodies famous tropes of biopics. Following this is a review for Blue Hawaii, the eighth film starring Elvis Presley — and the most lucrative one at the box office up to that point. 

At the box office, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as expected took the top spot and pulled a greater value in ticket sales in its first three days of release than previous box office champ Black Adam garnered in its entire run up to now. Charlie leads the podcast with a short review of Black Panther, which despite his derision of Marvel movies in the past he liked a lot.

To wrap things up, Charles covers a sad story about the passing of Kevin Conroy, prolific and famed voice actor for the animated Batman episodes. He talks about his experiences growing up watching many of Conroy’s features of the Dark Knight, and how he sees Conroy as the definitive iteration of Batman. He will be sorely missed.