Wakanda Forever’s weekend take was not only one of the highest of 2022, but the $180 million haul was also high enough to topple The Hunger Games: Catching Fire for the best November opening ever.
The sequel to 2018’s Black Panther rocketed to the top of the charts this weekend, giving the limping domestic box office its own form of the Heart-Shaped Herb. With a ton of positive buzz and sky high exit polls (those that spoke to CinemaScore gave the film a rock solid “A” and 38% of those polled by PostTrak said they plan to see Wakanda Forever again in a theater) expect the dollars to continue to roll in the rest of November and December.
Critics liked the film a bit less than Ryan Coogler’s first film (with a current score of 84% positive on Rotten Tomatoes), but similar to the data gleaned by CinemaScore and PostTrak, Rotten Tomatoes users gave the film a 95% Audience Score.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever should continue to rack up wins until another of Disney’s underwater kingdoms arrives with Avatar: The Way of Water on December 16.
Bes sure to read our spoiler free review of Wakanda Forever to find out even more about the successful sequel.