‘Wakanda Forever’ Leads US Sales for Fourth Consecutive Week as ‘Violent Night’ Delivers Solid Opening Weekend

Topline

Disneys Black Panther: Wakanda Forever topped the US box office rankings for the fourth weekend in a row, earning $17.6 million this weekend, according to Box Office Mojo, followed by the newly released holiday action comedy violent night.

Main facts

Black Panther: Wakanda forever, the 2018 superhero movie sequel starring the late Chadwick Boseman, has grossed more than $393 million in ticket sales in the US since its debut in mid-November and is the first film since its 2021 film Spider-Man: No Way Home to stay at No. 1 for four consecutive weekends, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

violent night, from Universal Pictures and starring David Harbor as Santa Claus, grossed $13.3 million upon its Friday release, according to Box Office Mojo, surpassing projections of a $10 million opening weekend, Variety reported.

Disney’s animated adventure film Strange world continued to flop at the box office, posting just $5 million in sales this weekend at No. 3 in the box office rankings, after debuting on November 23.

The menu from Searchlight Pictures and Dedication from Columbia Pictures ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, for U.S. ticket sales this weekend.

Key background

Wakanda forever is the third-highest-grossing film of the year so far, trailing behind Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness ($411 million) and Top gun: Maverick ($717 million). The film made $181 million domestically on its debut weekend, the second-biggest opening weekend for a motion picture this year, behind the Doctor Strange continuation. However, Wakanda forever has left its predecessor a little behind, Black Pantherwhich grossed $202 million upon its debut in 2018 and eventually raked in $700 million in total US box office sales, making it the biggest film of that year.

Weekend Box Office Domestic Gross (Estimate)

  1. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Week 4) — $17.6 million
  2. violent night (Week 1) — $13.3 million
  3. Strange world (Week 2) — $4.9 million
  4. The menu (Week 3) — $3.6 million
  5. Dedication (Week 2) – $2.8 million
  6. I heard the bells (Week 1) – $1.8 million
  7. Black Adam (Week 7) – $1.7 million
  8. The Fables (Week 4) — $1.3 million
  9. Bones and all (Week 3) — $1.2 million
  10. Ticket to paradise (Week 7) – $850,000

tangent

Emancipation, starring Will Smith and directed by filmmaker Antoine Fuqua, this weekend kicked off its week-long theatrical debut ahead of a Dec. 9 release on Apple TV+, which routinely doesn’t release box office data. The film, Smith’s first film since receiving a 10-year suspension from the Academy Awards earlier this year for punching Chris Rock on stage, premiered in fewer than 10 theaters and averaged about $3,000 up. The Hollywood Reporter.

Surprising fact

strange world, featuring voiceovers from Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal, could lose more than $100 million if ticket sales continue at the current rate, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film has posted more than $25 million in sales since opening on Nov. 23.

What to watch out for

James Cameron’s debut Avatar: the way of the water is expected to provide a boost to the film industry’s post-Thanksgiving box office drag when it debuts on Dec. 16.

Read further

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“Strange World” is a box office flop, but not for the reasons the law claims (Salon)

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