As Black Panther: Wakanda Forever leads its opening weekend with a projected $84 million opening day from 4,396 locations, including $28 million in previews, superhero films are doing well at the box office.
If the movie makes between $175 million and $185 million at the box office, it will have the second-highest opening weekend of 2022, behind only Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, which made $187.4 million in its May debut.
DC’s Black Adam, meanwhile, is anticipated to earn approximately $10 million at the box office in its fourth weekend, bringing its domestic total to nearly $150 million. The DC superhero movie will struggle to make $400 million globally and has to gross around $200 million domestically in order to at least break even before marketing expenses.
If Black Adam does well this weekend, it will join The Batman and Elvis as the third Warner Bros. Discovery film to surpass the $150 million mark.
Comparatively, Black Panther, which hit theaters in February 2018, debuted at $202 million domestically. The film went on to earn more than 1.34 billion dollars worldwide, ranking it at this time as the fourteenth highest-grossing motion picture of all time.
Chadwick Boseman, the actor who played T’Challa, died at the age of 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer, two years after the release of Black Panther and T’Challa’s reappearance in Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel Endgame. T’Challa will not be recast by Marvel for the sequel’s Black Panther, which will have a different figure assuming the title.