'‘Wakanda Forever’ Box Office Takeaways After Record Opening Weekend

Office Takeaways After Record Opening Weekend

“Black Panther:

Wakanda Forever” reaffirmed Disney and Marvel’s box office might with its blockbuster $181 million debut

The comic

book sequel generated another $150 million internationally, bringing its global tally to a staggering $331 million

Those ticket

sales fell short of its predecessor, 2018’s “Black Panther,” which became an instant cultural phenomenon

Still, the

sequel’s initial turnout underscores the reality that Marvel is simply operating on another level,

Case in

point: “Wakanda Forever” has earned almost as much at the global box office in three

And that

film, which has $352 million in the bank, features Dwayne Johnson, who is considered to be

For now,

the $250 million-budgeted “Wakanda Forever” provided beleaguered theater owners with a major — and needed — boost in

It holds

an “A” CinemaScore and an 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, which bodes well for word-of-mouth

Here, Variety

unpacks five takeways from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s” opening weekend:

Sure, “Wakanda

Forever” didn’t match the debut of “Black Panther,” but the sequel still secured a

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