’Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Looking at Massive Opening Weekend, New TV Spot Revealed
Marvel Studios is preparing to launch its next blockbuster. Ryan Coogler is back to co-write and direct Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, one of the most-talked-about comic-book movies in recent memory due to extraordinary, real-life circumstances.
Despite Chadwick Boseman’s passing in August 2020, it looks like Marvel and Coogler may have orchestrated a miracle, and put together a sequel without its lead actor. Now, it remains to be seen whether audiences will respond to it or not. There was a huge change in the conversation after the release of the first teaser trailer during San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year, and the movie instantly appeared on many people’s radars. And that may now be reflected in box office numbers, as the major trades are reporting that at minimum, the new Black Panther movie is looking at a $175 million opening weekend in the North American market.
Meanwhile, Box Office Pro is setting its projections between $180 million and $225 million. If the movie manages to crack the upper half of that range, Wakandan-themed parties will be thrown at the Disney lot for sure. At the moment, the biggest opening weekend of the year is still held by Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which made $187 million. It’s also looking like it will become the second movie to gross over $150 million opening weekend in 20222 — Jurassic World: Dominion fell just short of that with $145 million. The first Black Panther grossed $202 million over its first three days of release back in February 2018, during a time when the theatrical window was 90 days and there was no Disney Plus around.
As far as the total domestic gross by the end of its theatrical run, Box Office Pro is predicting it will fall in between $445 million and $590 million. This is definitely a loose projection that will quickly be re-adjusted once reactions and reviews start to come out, and after the movie opens worldwide. The first Black Panther managed to crack $700 million at the domestic box office due to repeat viewings and absolute lack of competition in the two months after its release. Wakanda Forever will not be enjoying that calmness, as just a month after its release date, Disney is preparing to launch what is probably their biggest title of the year, Avatar: The Way of Water.
Meanwhile, the marketing campaign for the movie keeps going full-steam ahead. Disney has now entered the TV spots-phase, with the latest one showing plenty of new footage from the new Black Panther and the main antagonist of the movie, Namor the Submariner, played by Tenoch Huerta. Check it out:
Additionally, new character posters have also been revealed:
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will debut in theaters on November 11. Ryan Coogler is back in the director’s chair, and also co-wrote the script with Joe Robert Cole. The cast includes Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, and the additions of Tenoch Huerta as Namor, Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams/Ironheart, and Michaela Coel as Aneka.
Miguel Fernández is a Spanish student that has movies as his second passion in life. His favorite movie of all time is The Lord of the Rings, but he is also a huge Star Wars fan. However, fantasy movies are not his only cup of tea, as authors like Scorsese, Fincher, Kubrick or Hitchcock have been an obsession for him since he started to understand the language of filmmaking. He is that guy who will watch a black and white movie, just because it is in black and white.