Sunday, April 14, 2024

Box Office: “Wakanda Forever” Takes Whopping Weekend with $180 Mil, 13th Biggest Opener, Disney Looks for Stock Revival Tomorrow


Disney’s stock went off a cliff last week on news of layoffs and cutbacks. The Mouse House is hoping for a major boost on Monday after news of box office for “Wakanda Forever.” Will they get it?

“Wakanda” had a great weekend by any measure. They scored the 13th biggest opening weekend with $180 million. The worldwide total is now $330 million.

Will “Wakanda” keep up this pace? Doubtful, although there’s not much competition in terms of a blockbuster destination movie. Even though it’s not as good or compelling as “Black Panther,” the sequel will still bring in big business for two or three weeks.

Also, the novelty of mourning Chadwick Boseman — the movie’s main theme– may wear off a bit as time goes by. I’ll bet more people go back to watch the original movie. Whatever happens, “Wakanda” is a hit, no surprise, and a bridge to the big finale in two or three years.

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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