Saturday, July 13, 2024

Wakanda is Not Forever: Despite $67 Mil Weekend, “Black Panther” Business Way Behind Original


“Wakanda Forever” made a very robust $67 million this weekend. That’s more than most of the movies on the 50 make in their whole runs.

But is it as popular as “Black Panther,” the original? In a word, no. “Wakanda Forever” fell 63% in its second weekend. “BP” dropped only 45% back in 2019.

The declines came every day this week, and they will follow this week, even with Thanksgiving. The trend would suggest that most people who wanted to see “Wakanda” have seen it. Now it’s time for stragglers and second timers.

But the energy that propelled “Black Panther” to $700 million in the US doesn’t seem to be there. By now, “Black Panther” already had $400 million in the tank. “Wakanda” is running at $287 million. Certainly nothing to sneeze it, but a cold a may be coming. Maybe a lot of fans are waiting for the inevitable run on DisneyPlus? We’ll 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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