Sunday, November 20, 2022

Weekend Box-Office: BLACK PANTHER WAKANDA FOREVER Survives on Top Despite Steep Drop

Weekend Box Office Black Panther Wakanda Forever Second Weekend Drop

The darkly comic thriller "The Menu" and the faith-based event release "The Chosen Season 3: Episodes 1 & 2" opened in theaters and scored solid debuts this weekend, but Marvel's "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" had no problems securing the top spot in its sophomore frame, even though it had to deal with a much steeper decline than expected. The Weinstein scandal drama "She Said", however, stumbled in its semi-wide debut.

Read more about the weekend box-office after the jump.

The superhero sequel "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever held in first place with $67.3 million, but dropped 63% from its debut, which is one of the steeper second weekend declines in superhero box-office history. The original "Black Panther" dropped just 45% in its second weekend and grossed $111.6 million. Still, it's not as bad as the sophomore drop of films like "Thor: Love and Thunder" (-68%), "Black Widow" (-68%), or "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" (-67%). After 10 days, "Wakanda Forever" has grossed $287.9 million domestically, and another $258.3 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $546.3 million.

The dark horror comedy "The Menu" opened in second place with $9 million from 3,211 theaters, pretty much as expected as pre-release projections put it somewhere between $7 and $11 million. The film also raked in another $6.2 million from 35 overseas markets. "The Menu" was well-received by critics (90% on Rotten Tomatoes) and moviegoers mostly enjoyed it ("B" CinemaScore).

In third place we have "The Chosen Season 3: Episode 1 & 2", which opened with $8.2 million from 2,027 theaters. Pre-release projections hinted at a $6-10 million debut.

The superhero flick "Black Adam" dropped from #2 to #4 with $4.4 million. That's a 44.3% decline. The film has now grossed a total of $156.9 million domestically and another $209.2 million overseas. It all adds up to a total of $366.1 million worldwide.

The Top 5 is rounded out by the rom-com "Ticket to Paradise" with $3.2 million.

In other news, the fact-based drama "She Said" only managed a #6 debut, grossing $2.2 million from 2,022 theaters, against a $32 million budget.

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 Black Panther: Wakanda Forever $67.3M $287.9M $258.3M $250M
2 The Menu $9M $9M $6.2M $30M
3 The Chosen Season 3: Episode 1 & 2 $8.2M $8.2M N/A N/A
4 Black Adam $4.4M $156.9M $209.2M $200M
5 Ticket to Paradise $3.2M $61.5M $96.9M $40M
6 She Said $2.2M $2.2M $0.5M $32M
7 Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile $1.9M $43.1M $35.1M $50M
8 Smile $1.1M $104.5M $109.3M $17M
9 Prey for the Devil $0.9M $18.3M $17.5M N/A
10 The Banshees of Inisherin $0.7M $7.1M $9.4M N/A


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