Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Box Office: “Wakanda Forever” Huge $84 Mil Opening Night Should Ease the Pain of Disney’s Coming Layoffs, Cutbacks, and Hiring Freeze


The “Black Panther” sequel, “Wakanda Forever,” was as big as a hit as everyone predicted last night. It made $54 mil. On top of Thursday previews of $28 million, the total opening night reads as $84 freaking million!

“Wakanda Forever” also got an A Cinemascore from audiences. So word of mouth is very good.

This news is especially good for Disney, which announced this week that massive layoffs are coming throughout the Mouse Kingdom. A hiring freeze is going to effect, and employee travel is being restricted. Travel to and from Wakanda will have to be approved by execs at Stark Industries.

Disney’s next blockbuster is “Avatar 2,” the 13 year late sequel to James Cameron’s original movie. Length of the film is a daunting three hours plus. It’s unclear from the trailers they’ve released so far if it’s all animated or if there are some live humans on screen.

Meantime, Universal has played “Ticket to Paradise” just right. Last night the George Clooney-Julia Roberts romcom took in $2 million as it garnered $53 million US and tot al worldwide coming on $150 million. And it’s also the number 1 most watched home video of the week. They’re playing it from both ends and winning like crazy!

Roger Friedman
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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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