On one of the quietest weekends of the year in movie theaters, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” topped the North American box office for the fifth straight weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
With box office bare, ‘Black Panther’ makes it 5 in a row
NEW YORK (AP) — On one of the quietest weekends of the year in movie theaters, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” topped the North American box office for the fifth straight weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
With the release of “Avatar: The Way of Water” looming, studios opted not to open any new films in wide release. That enabled Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” sequel to further extend its box-office reign. “Wakanda Forever” grossed $11.1 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $409.8 million and its worldwide haul to $767.8 million.
“Wakanda Forever” is the first film since Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” — the 2020 release that attempted to revive cinemas from pandemic closure in 2020, when almost nothing was being theatrically released — to lead the box-office for five straight weeks.
While it’s common to see a quiet weekend ahead of a potential blockbuster like “The Way of Water,” a little-challenged run like “Wakanda Forever” is enjoying is rare for this time of year. The holiday corridor from Thanksgiving to New Year’s is typically one of Hollywood’s busiest periods. Instead, its been a fallow spell, with one of the weakest Thanksgiving weekends ever and only a dribble of wide releases since.