There were pretty big expectations put on Marvel’s Black Widow and it seems as though they have been met if the box office means anything.
Moreover, the fact that Black Widow had been delayed multiple times since Covid-19 shut down cinemas worldwide last March was also a factor in the anticipation for this movie.
Would it go big or would it fail?
Would it be the dawn in the return of Hollywood’s dominance or not?
Well, it seems fair to say the power of the blockbuster, Marvel and the Disney machine is back, and it’s a good thing for audiences and cinemas around the globe.
And Disney Plus has also snared a huge chunk of money and justified Disney’s decision, which may just change the way they roll out films forever.
Scarlett Johannsson and Florence Pugh spun a web across North America taking over $80m this weekend for the film’s release in the US, smashing every previous pandemic box office record.
According to Variety’s sources it also took a further $60m on Disney Plus which is a huge huge number setting the total revenue for the first weekend to around $140m in the US alone.
Black Widow has made $158 million already
Elsewhere around the world in locations such as the UK, South Korea, in a total of 46 other nations adds another $78m for a worldwide gross of $158 million.
Include Disney plus that’s $215m.
In the UK the film took an estimated $9.7m, $12.7m in Korea, $7m in France and $5m a piece in Mexico and Australia.
Of course, let’s not forget that another huge market for Marvel is China which won’t see Black Widow till August.
The reason for the delay in China in July is down to the fact that they release propaganda tribute films, and censorship across all forms of media which means that Chinese audiences have to wait a little longer for the film.
For context, Black Widow is the biggest film blockbuster to hit Cinemas since December 2019 which also saw a Disney release, Star Wars Episode IX.
Fast 9 took a huge drop of 53% in North America as a result of the release but has now surpassed the $400m goal worldwide.
Boss Baby moved to third place taking around $9m leaving a running total in the US of $35m.
Meanwhile, the Croods: A New Age which opens in the UK on July 16th, and has already had its theatrical run in the US, is only 1 of 3 family films for the summer and opened in Europe this weekend.
France, Germany and Belgium took an estimated $6.6m between them and it now sits worldwide on $182.
The other family films to hit our shores will be Space Jam: A New Legacy on July 16th, and Paw Patrol: The Movie on August 13th. Previous films such as Boss Baby 2 and Hotel Transylvania 4 have both been postponed till the autumn.
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Is it deserving of the top spot?
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