Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Has Biggest November Opening In US History
Wakanda Forever just passed a Hunger Games movie from nine years ago to set a new box office record.
Marvel's newest movie, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, opened in theaters on November 11 in the US and it had a very strong start. The sequel earned $180 million for its opening weekend in the US, which is the biggest November of all time for movies in the US.
The previous record-holder was 2013's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which made $158 million over its first domestic weekend. Globally, Wakanda Forever made $330 million after its first weekend, Deadline reported.
Wakanda Forever had the second biggest opening of the year in the US, trailing only Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness ($187 million).
2018's Black Panther opened with a mighty $202 million in the US for its first weekend, but that was before the pandemic. The movie theater business has not yet fully recovered, if it ever does.
The original Black Panther went on to earn $700 million in the US and $647 million from international markets for a total of $1.348 billion globally.
Ryan Coogler returns to direct Wakanda Forever. The film originally had a different script but it was altered after the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Neither the film's cast nor Marvel Studios brass were willing to consider recasting the character of T'Challa.
Wakanda Forever stars Angela Bassett, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o, Letitia Wright, and Winston Duke. Coogler directed the film and co-wrote it with Joe Robert Cole.