Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has already raked in more than $330 million globally, which is an extraordinary start at the box office.
According to Disney, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever broke the previous record for a November debut, set by 2013’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with $158 million, by earning an estimated $180 over its first weekend in North American theaters. Wakanda Forever opened to roughly $150 million overseas, and by the end of Sunday, it had earned $330 million globally.
The two biggest opening weekends of the year are now owned by Marvel. Another Marvel Studios film, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness debuted to $187.4 million back in May; no other film this year has yet to surpass that amount.
With a current global total of 1.487 billion, Top Gun: Maverick is still the highest-grossing film of the year, followed by Jurassic World Dominion ($1.01 billion) and the sequel to Doctor Strange ($955.7 million). Wakanda Forever is anticipated to continue dominating the box office in the upcoming weeks since it won’t have any significant competition until Avatar: The Way of Water in December.
Comparatively, Black Panther, which hit theaters in February 2018, debuted at $202 million domestically. The film went on to make more than 1.34 billion dollars worldwide, ranking it at this moment 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 feature a different figure assuming the title.
In theaters now is Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.