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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Falls Behind Thor: Love and Thunder on Opening Day

Black Panther Wakanda Forever Falls Behind Thor Love and Thunder on Opening Day

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which is already in theaters, marked the end of Marvel Studios Phase Four. It also acted as a tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, who passed away due to colon cancer in 2020. The movie narrates the events of Wakanda after its ruler’s passing. While Black Panther 2 earned more than 2018’s Black Panther on its Thursday night, it still failed to live up to the mark some other movies of Phase Four managed to achieve.

The Letitia Wright starring sequel grossed $28 million on its opening nights previews, according to Variety. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever appears to be the sixth-highest opening night earner, its name somewhere below Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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Black Panther 2: Box Office Predictions

While the release of the sequel to Black Panther did not earn the most on its opening night, there is no saying that it can’t. There are a number of reasons the Marvel fans would feel it is an obligation to themselves to watch what happens to the nation of Wakanda. There is high anticipation from the movie to earn billion of dollars at the box office.

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Remembering that the movie honors the memory of the late Chadwick Boseman, who featured as the King of Wakanda, it would stir the fans to wonder how the nation would fare without his royal presence. Even Namor, the mutant king antagonizing the plot seems to be a subject of interest for the fans, given the hype director Ryan Coogler put him up to.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman.

Perhaps Black Panther 2 may not match up with the opening weekend earnings of Black Panther (2018)’s opening weekend ($202 million), but it is hopeful that the sequel outgrosses Doctor Strange 2‘s $187 million.

How much did Thor: Love and Thunder earn at the box office?

Thor: Love and Thunder, released in July 2022, was one of the movies of Phase Four of the Marvel Studios. With the return of Chris Hemsworth in a solo movie after Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and the fans’ anticipation, Thor 4 appeared to do as well as passing $700 million at the box office. The apparent last installment of the franchise, while criticized by the fans, happened to be nominated for People’s Choice Awards 2022.

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Chris Hemsworth as Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022).
Chris Hemsworth as Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022).

A unique fact about the earnings of the Thor franchise seems to be that it’s the first film series to earn more than its predecessor domestically. While the same could happen with The Avengers franchise and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man movie series, a few setbacks held them back.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now out in theaters worldwide.


Written by Saif Madre