Whilst this past weekend was a quiet one for UK cinemas, it was a significant event for Marvel Studios, who saw Black Panther Wakanda Forever reach the dizzying heights of £600 million! ($733 million) (via Box Office Mojo).
The film will probably fall short of the widely expected £820m ($1 billion) mark, particularly without a Chinese release, but it’s still a sizeable coup for the box office.
It’s now the seventh biggest release of the year and looks set to at least hit £656m ($800m) before the year is over.
Domestically the film has taken £278m ($339m) with a global market total of £328m ($400m), of which £22m ($27m) comes from the UK.
Black Panther Wakanda Forever does well at the box office
The weekend’s box office for the UK leads with Matilda from Netflix/Sony Pictures now in its second week grossing £6.5m total ($7.9m) with £2m added over the weekend in the first place.
In its fourth week, as mentioned above, Black Panther Wakanda Forever stood in second with another £1.1m over the weekend.
Universal’s The Santa Clause meets Die Hard, Violent Night entered at third with £600k over the weekend for week one, and in fourth place, Strange World from Disney added £349k.
The Disney animated film has dramatically struggled at the box office (a lack of marketing from Disney surely didn’t help), and has a total of £1.1m in the UK for the first two weeks of release.
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Eyes now look to Friday 16th when the biggest release of the past decade is released, James Cameron’s Avatar: Way Of Water.
The film is rumoured to have a budget of almost £328m ($400m), making it one of the most expensive films of all time.
Yet, with a guaranteed (at least expectation) of that 1-billion-dollar mark at the box office, it shouldn’t be a cause for concern.
But it will surpass what the most expensive film ever made when it is released. That movie used to be Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides back in 2011, with a budget of £311 ($379m).
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