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‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’: Where the Sequel’s Box Office Drops the Ranks in the MCU Universe

While some expected Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to make $70 million or more in its second weekend, the sequel nonetheless held up better than any Marvel Cinematic Universe title released in the COVID-19 pandemic era in terms of percentage drop.

Wakanda foreverfrom Marvel Studios and Disney, grossed an estimated $67.3 million domestically during the Nov. 18-20 period, down 63 percent from its $181 million opening weekend.

Of the 30 MCU titles released in theaters over the past two decades, including those from Sony Spider-Man photos, which were produced in collaboration with Marvel-10, are down 60 percent or more, according to Comscore. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever sequel ranks #5 on the overall list of second weekend drops.

No. 1 on the list of biggest drops Black Widowwhich was released during the heart of the COVID-19 crisis in July 2021. The film, which was also simultaneously made available on Disney+ Premiere for a $30 rental fee, grossed $80.4 million in its opening weekend at the domestic box office , and then fell by 67.8 percent.

Thor: Love and Thunderthe fourth title in the standalone series, it opened in early July 2022 to $144.2 million. It dropped 67.7 percent to $46.6 million in its second weekend, placing it #3 on the list of biggest MCU drops.

Spider-Man: No way home debuted in December 2021 for an astonishing $260.1 million, marking a pivotal turning point in its box office recovery. It fell 67.5 percent to $84.5 million in its second weekend.

Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madnesswhich opened in early May 2022 fell 67.1 percent to $61.8 million in its second year of opening to $187.1 million.

A total of 16 MCU movies have dropped between 59 and 50 percent in their second outings, including behemoth Avengers: Endgamewhich debuted with a record $357.1 million and then dropped 58.7 percent the following weekend.

Only four MCU movies have dropped 49 percent or less.

In May 2008, Iron Man opened to $102.1 million and then fell 49.9 percent. The first Doctor Strangereleased in November 2016, fell by 42.9 percent, while in 2016 Thor saw a second weekend drop of 47.2 percent.

The first Panther back, also directed by Coogler, retains the crown for lowest drop. The picture, which debuted at $202 million in February 2018, fell 44.7 percent in its second weekend.

The verdict is out on whether Wakanda forever can begin to match the $1.4 billion earned worldwide in 2018 Black Panther, but the sequel is counting on remaining a powerhouse through the Thanksgiving holidays. The global total is currently $546 million, including $288 million domestically.

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