Monday, April 22, 2024

Friday Night Lights Up: “Black Panther” Crosses $320 Mil Line For a Second Wacky Wakanda Weekend


Last night you all went to see “Black Panther” again, didn’tcha?

Ryan Coogler’s biggest ever comic book movie took in $28 million and crossed the $320 Million mark on its 8th day.

By tomorrow tonight, the wacky Wakanda gang will have grossed around $370 million in 10 days. The total worldwide gross will be over $600 million.

On Monday, a federal holiday will be declared in Wakanda. Everyone gets the day off to think about who they’d like to see in the sequel.

At Disney, all the mice will be turning cartwheels. But trouble may be looming: this week the premier of “A Wrinkle in Time” — which Disney has promoted heavily — slips in before Oscar weekend. But the movie doesn’t open until Friday, March 9th. And reviews are embargoed until just before the opening. That’s a very bad sign– a wrinkle in the plan, so to speak. When reviews are prohibited from release until the last minute it means the studio is hiding them. Let’s hope that isn’t true this time, because everyone was counting on a big hit here.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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