‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ takes the box-office throne, breaks November record
The record of Marvel’s “Black Panther” is officially set.
The Marvel film, now in theaters, pulled down $67.8 million Tuesday from 2,091 theaters, the biggest opening day for a Marvel movie. That haul is also the best of the year.
“A movie like ‘Black Panther’ is so important to Marvel, the biggest comic book brand in the world, and we are thrilled with how well it performed, breaking our record for the biggest opening day of the year,” said Kevin Feige, chairman and president of Marvel Entertainment.
The film opens in 2,091 theaters and a further 3,031 locations on Wednesday. The film also has already surpassed last year’s best Marvel opening day haul of $60 million, as “Black Panther” has grossed $1.2 billion globally, including $746 million in North America. (Marvel has not yet released international totals.)
“Black Panther” is the first Marvel movie to open to such a stunning $746 million haul worldwide in a single year, when it began. In terms of North America, it’s the second-highest grossing Marvel film ever (behind “Iron Man 3”), while “ Thor: Ragnarok ” came in third with $652 million in North America. “Dr. Strange” opened to $823 million in 2016.
The haul is also noteworthy as a record-high per-theater average, despite the movie playing in more than five times as many theaters than any other Marvel movie.
The film was directed by Ryan Coogler, who earlier this year said a “Black Panther” sequel with Kevin Feige would be “one of the most important films to come out of Marvel Studios in a very long time.”
In June, Marvel announced the “Black Panther” sequel would hit theaters in July 2018 and be the