There’s a big drama going on at the cash register before Thanksgiving.
As expected, by Ryan Coogler Black Panther: Wakanda Forever it remained atop the chart in its second weekend with a relatively robust $67.3 million for a 10-day domestic total of $288 million. Marvel Studios and its Disney tentpole had hoped to clear $70 million in its second outing, but it fell slightly more than expected, or 63 percent. Worldwide, Wakanda Forever grossed $546 million.
However, it’s not unusual for a Marvel picture to be reduced more than 60 percent domestically, though the first Black panther, which opened to $202 million, fell less than 55 percent in its second weekend. The last two Marvel movies, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and ThunderHowever, both fell in the 67% range, according to Comscore.
Wakanda Forever opened to $181 million in North America over the Nov. 11-13 weekend, a November record. It was also the second-highest-grossing debut of 2022 so far, behind Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($187.4 million). The film figures to remain strong throughout the Thanksgiving holiday.
Searchlight’s new epic horror comedy came in second place, grossing $9 million from 3,211 theaters – the biggest release in the history of specialist company Searchlight.
The menustarring Ralph Fiennes, Anna Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult, made a strong debut after succeeding in drawing younger adults (special dramas tailored to older viewers struggle a lot.) Nearly 65 percent of ticket buyers were between 18 and 24 years. The film earned a B CinemaScore.
On Saturday, early weekend estimates showed The menu devoured by a special event screening of faith-based series The chosen Season 3: Episodes 1 & 2 in a surprise upset, but was able to prevail.
From Fathom Events, The chosen is still expected to earn $8.2 million from 2,012 theaters, a huge success for a special event screening. The chosenabout the life of Jesus, is from Angel Studios, which is streaming the indie show on platforms like Prime Video and Peacock, as well as its dedicated app.
The new movie vying for attention is from Universal He saidwhich chronicles his work New York Times Investigative reporters Jodi Cantor (Zoe Kazan) and Megan Twohey (Carey Mulligan) help expose Harvey Weinstein and spark the #MeToo movement. (The Universal film is based on the book of the same name by the two journalists.)
He said is the latest adult drama to stall at the box office, opening in sixth place with just $2.3 million from 2,022 theaters. That’s one of the worst starts in recent memory — excluding the pandemic — for a major studio release in more than 2,000 locations.
Universal believes it was important to make the film and is banking on audience discovery He said throughout the holidays thanks to strong word of mouth. The film was embraced by critics and earned a CinemaScore from moviegoers. Nearly half of Friday’s ticket buyers were 45 and older, including 29 percent over 55.
At the specialty box office, MGM and United Artists’ Bones and All opens in five theaters as it prepares to expand nationally over Thanksgiving. The film posted an average of $23,983 per location, in line with expectations.
More to come.
November 20, 8:10: Updated with revised estimates for the weekend.