‘Black Panther’ sequel scores 2nd biggest debut of 2022

According to Disney, its worldwide earnings total to KSh. 40B ($330M).

The box office roared back to life with the long-awaited release of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”

The Marvel sequel earned KSh. 21B ($180 million) in ticket sales from more than 4,396 theatres in the U.S. and Canada, according to estimates from The Walt Disney Co. on Sunday, making it the second biggest opening of the year behind Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Overseas, it brought in an additional KSh. 18B ($150 million) from 50 territories, bringing its worldwide total to KSh. 40B ($330 million).

“Some may have hoped for KSh. 24.3B ($200 million) like the first film, but this is solid,” said Paul Dergarabedian, Comscore’s senior media analyst. “This is the type of movie that theatres really need to drive audiences.”

The first film opened to KSh. 24.5B ($202 million) in February 2018 and went on to gross over KSh. 170.1B ($1.4 billion) worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing films of all time and a cultural phenomenon.

A sequel was inevitable, and development began soon after with director Ryan Coogler returning, but everything changed after Chadwick Boseman’s unexpected death in August 2020. Wakanda Forever became, instead, about the death of Boseman’s King T’Challa/Black Panther, and the grieving kingdom he left behind.

Returning actors include Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke and Danai Gurira, who face off against a new foe in Tenoch Huerta’s Namor.

The film is still screening in cinemas across the country.


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