We are less than a month away from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and it appears all the hype on social media will translate to box office success.
According to projections via The Hollywood Reporter, Wakanda Forever is headed to an astounding $175 million plus debut over its opening weekend November 11-13. Industry insiders believe the highly-anticipated sequel could make much more as Marvel Studios finalizes its marketing push over the next few weeks.
The first Black Panther opened in February 2019 to a whopping $202 million and would go on to gross over $1.3 million at the worldwide box office. While it is unknown if Wakanda Forever can repeat those numbers, cinemas are still trying to navigate their way out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we do know superhero and IP titles have still found success. Top Gun: Maverick and Jurassic World: Dominion crossed the billion-dollar mark this year, while Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, The Batman, and Thor: Love and Thunder all came close still making the studio money.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Dominique Thorne, Florence Kasumba, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman, and Angela Bassett.
In the film, the leaders of Wakanda fight to protect their nation in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. Sadly, the world lost franchise star Chadwick Boseman in August 2020 after a private battle with cancer. Coogler and co-writer Joe Robert Cole rewrote the script and chose not to recast Boseman’s role, and instead found their own ways to honor him.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to hit theaters on November 11.