Saturday, June 15, 2024

Box Office: “Wakanda Forever” Has $28 Mil Preview Night, $1 Mil Less Than Last Big Marvel Movie, “Thor: Love and Thunder”


Wakanda is forever.

The much anticipated sequel to “Black Panther” took in a huge $28 million last night in previews.

Disney is hoping for more than $175 million for the whole weekend including last night. I think $150-$200 million is more likely. After all, “Thor Love and Thunder” — the last big Marvel release — opened to $29 million in previews. So it’s good to keep expectations in order.

As I wrote yesterday, the film is not great as its own movie. As a tribute memorial to Chadwick Boseman, it’s excellent and reverential. And it sets up a third movie down the line in two or three years.

But Boseman himself is sorely missing from “Wakanda Forever.” The film has no star, and there are some long, very dull stretches that audiences may enjoy for bathroom breaks. They key to the film’s success is a good third act with a couple of surprises.

The weather is dreadful tonight in New York-New Jersey-Connecticut which may affect some box office. But tomorrow morning we should wake up to $75 million opening (including that $28 million). Let’s see!

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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