AceShowbiz - "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" can't be dethroned at box office. The latest Marvel superhero pic still reigns the North American chart on its second weekend, adding an estimated $67.3 million to its domestic gross.
The "Black Panther" sequel saw a 63% decline on its second weekend, which is not unusual for a blockbuster superhero movie. In fact, the Ryan Coogler-directed film holds better than any Marvel Cinematic Universe title released in the COVID-19 pandemic era in terms of its percentage drop.
Among all 30 MCU titles released in theaters over the past two decades, "Wakanda Forever" ranks No. 5 on the overall list of second-weekend drop. No. 1 on the last of biggest drops is "Black Widow", which saw a 67.8% decline on its second weekend as it was made available simultaneously on Disney+ Premiere during its opening weekend in theaters in July 2021.
"Thor: Love and Thunder" held the second-biggest drop, declining 67.7% in July of this year. "Spider-Man: No Way Home", which debuted to an astounding $360.1 million in December 2021, also saw a significant drop of 67.5 percent on its second weekend, ranking third on the overall list. "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness", which opened to $187.1 million in early May 2022, fell off 67.5% on its second weekend.
"Wakanda Forever" has so far grossed $287.99 million domestically and $258.3 million international to cross the $500 million mark globally ($546.3 million). It holds the record as the second biggest global opening of 2022 to date.
Following "Wakanda Forever" at No. 2 is newcomer "The Menu", which debuts to an estimated $9 million from roughly 3,100 domestic theaters. The R-rated satire stars Ralph Fiennes as a vengeful celebrity chef, who prepares a lavish, though maybe a little stomach-churning, meal for a young couple (Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult) and other one-percenters.
The weekend's biggest surprise comes from "The Chosen Season 3: Episode 1 & 2", a crowdfunded streaming series about the life of Jesus. The first two episodes of the third season collected approximately $8.2 million from 2,009 theaters.
Meanwhile, Luca Guadagnino's "Bones and All" has a solid debut at specialty box office. The cannibal love story starring Timothee Chalamet and Taylor Russell raked in $120,000 for a $23,983 per-screen average after it opened in 5 theaters, before expanding nationwide on Wednesday, November 23. "I'm hoping over the Thanksgiving period, the audience has an appetite for it," said UAR president Erik Lomis.
Top 10 of North America Box Office (Nov. 18-20, 2022):