Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has broken an MCU box office record by reigning at the top of the box office for five weeks in a row, the first time a single franchise has achieved this feat twice. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has proven itself to be a popular entry in the MCU, as well as a critically acclaimed follow-up to 2018’s Black Panther.
At the time of writing, the film has grossed $767.8 million globally, with over $400 million of that profit being domestic.
A recent report from Variety reveals that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has broken a record by holding first place at the box office for five weeks in a row, a feat last achieved by its predecessor in 2018. Wakanda Forever’s new record is twofold, however, as this is the first time a single franchise has managed to hold a five-week top spot at the box office twice in a row. The popularity of the Black Panther franchise is underscored by the fact that Wakanda Forever makes it the first franchise to achieve this record, as well as being the first film to have a five-week stint at #1 since the first Black Panther.
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The magnitude of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s record-breaking box office achievement is a testament to how the film has been able to perform so well in theaters. Not only is the movie a long-awaited sequel to Black Panther, it’s also the first MCU film featuring Wakanda following the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman, who played T’Challa. Parts of the film act as a tribute to Boseman’s life and his stellar role as the original Black Panther, with characters like Shuri and Okoye grieving the loss of T’Challa throughout. The fact that the film is willing to break the fourth wall to some extent in order to honor Boseman lends to the film’s heart and purpose following his passing.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is also the final film in Phase 4 of the MCU, and the bookends for the first third of the Multiverse Saga. Due to its important placement as the end of another chapter in the MCU, viewers who want to see how Phase 4 ends may have been more inclined to see the film. While the plot of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is relatively self-contained compared to other MCU films, the introduction of Ironheart and Namor further expand Marvel’s film universe in ways that are bound to develop even further during Phase 5 and Phase 6.
Another major contributor to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s success is simply how much of a success Ryan Coogler’s original Black Panther was. By breathing life into the world of Wakanda, with everything from interesting cinematography to unique music compared to other MCU films, Coogler proved himself an artistically adept voice in the superhero genre. Because of his talent, audiences were more likely to see Wakanda Forever in order to get the same feel out of the movie as they had when they saw the first Black Panther. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s combination of tribute, bookends, and artistic sensibility make it a worthy successor to the first film and exhibit why it deserved to be the film that broke an MCU box office record.