Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but it’s already predicted to have a massive box office opening.
After Bob Chapek praised the film’s preliminary success at an earnings call on Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter was able to confirm that the film has already made $45 million in advance ticket sales at the U.S. box office. That’s among over 4,000 theaters the film will open in this weekend.
Advance ticket sales aside, numerous box office experts and exhibitors are predicting the film will score somewhere between $175 and $200 million at the domestic box office by the end of the weekend. That number is expected to be matched by theater chains releasing the film internationally this weekend too.
The first film made approximately $202 million in its opening weekend. By the end of its theatrical run, it scored over $1.3 billion at the global box office.
In the four years since the first film’s release, several factors have come into play that could potentially catapult it even further. The biggest and most obvious is Chadwick Boseman’s passing. Audiences are no doubt eager to see how the film/franchise handle his death and who the mantle will be passed on to – although we think it’s pretty obvious at this point.
The introduction of Marvel comics’ first mutant, Namor, is also sure to drive fans to see the film, as well as the debut of Gen-Z tech prodigy Riri Williams a.k.a Ironheart.
In Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, one of the most highly anticipated film events of the year – Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta as Namor, king of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena, and Alex Livinalli.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, opens in U.S. theaters on November 11, 2022.