Ryan Coogler delivers, yet again, a blockbuster movie.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever debuted at the domestic box office with $180 million, according to Comscore. This is the second highest opening of 2022, behind another Marvel masterpiece, Doctor Strange in the Mad Multiverse.
The latter opened in May and was a blockbuster with $185 million.
Overall, the sequel grossed $330 million at the international box office. Meanwhile, the first installment previously broke box office records in 2018, earning $218 million over the weekend.
As a result, it became the highest-grossing superhero movie in the US Worldwide. In addition, it had a gross profit of $1.3 billion.
Wakanda Forever includes most of the original crew and cast. Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira and Angela Bassett play their roles again. The film chronicles the Wakandans after the death of King T’Challa (the late Chadwick Boseman).
Moreover, it introduces a new character, Namor (Tenoch Huerta), from the mythical underwater kingdom of Atlantis. The sequel comes in honor of Boseman, who died of colon cancer in 2020. He was 43.
Wakanda Forever has Integrity
But Wakanda Forever isn’t recasting Boseman. Instead, another character has the Black Panther cape.
“It’s my job as a filmmaker to do things that I have personal integrity with,” Coogler said in an interview with EW about paying tribute to the late actor’s legacy.
“If I don’t believe in what I’m doing, I’m going to have a hard time getting other people to do their best work. For them to do their best work, they have to believe in it. At the end of the day, the choices we make have to feel truthful to me.”
He added: “When filmmakers make things that don’t feel truthful to them, you can feel it.”
“And I will argue that those projects don’t have a shot at working.”
Meanwhile, Black Adam remained at the top of the box office for four consecutive weeks in second place. It’s earning an extra $8.6 million. Another week took the superhero film’s total to $151 million.
In third place is Ticket to Paradise, drawing in an additional $6.1 million. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile and Smile completed the top 5. The former earned an extra $3.2 million while the latter $2.3.
Black Panther is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Furthermore, it is the 18th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The film follows T’Challa taking over the kingdom of Wakanda after his father’s death. However, Killmonger (Jordan) challenges him. The Killmonger wants to leave the country’s isolation policies behind and start a revolution.
In 1992, Wesley Snipes wanted to produce a Black Panther movie. However, the project did not pull through. And in September 2005, Marvels Studios added a Black Panther film to the roster of ten movies inspired by Marvel characters.
The studio hired Mark Bailey to write a script in January 2011. And in 2014, Black Panther was finally announced. Boseman then appeared as the character in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.
Additionally, the film marks the first time Marvel Studios installed a Black director and a Black cast.