Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has crossed $546 million (approx. Rs. 4,500 crore) in just over a week since its release. According to Deadline , the Ryan Coogler-directed sequel saw a 49 percent drop in earnings in the offshore market, contributing $258.3 million (approx. Rs. 2,113 crore) to its total collection. With a reported budget of $250 million (approx. Rs. 2,000 crore), Black Panther 2 is currently the seventh-grossing film worldwide and is poised to surpass other Marvel Cinematic Universe releases this year.
In comparison, Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness collected $955.8 million (approx. Rs. 7,800 crore) at the global box office, and is currently ranked third as the highest-grossing film of 2022. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which sits seventh, has a high bar to cross as its prequel not only managed $1.3 billion (approx. Rs. 10,600 crore) but earned seven Oscar nominations, including the prestigious Best Picture. In India, Black Panther 2 ended its first theatrical week with a reported Rs. 46.88 crore – quite close to Rs. 50 crore lifetime collection for the original 2018 film.
Meanwhile, stocks were strong in parts of Europe, with Germany and the Netherlands falling 31 percent each, while UK earnings fell 48 percent. “Australia was down 39 percent, Brazil was down 43 percent, and Mexico and Taiwan were down 45 percent each,” Deadline notes. Earnings from the Asia Pacific region remain low, and talk of the lack of action and the length of the film is affecting the hype that Marvel films usually generate. That said, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is still the biggest non-local film in all regions, even managing to blow away rival DC Comics’ Black Adam. The Dwayne Johnson-led film opened to $140 million (approx. Rs. 1,100 crore), and currently stands at around $360 million (approx. Rs. 2,900 crore) globally, a month after its release.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever faced a lot of obstacles in production, from the lockdowns of the COVID-19 pandemic to the injury of actress Letitia Wright. The $250 million film was also forced to change its script midway when former lead Chadwick Boseman died in mid-2020 after a private battle with cancer. That said, the Ryan Coogler-directed sequel has another month to serve as a dominant force at the box office before James Cameron’s highly anticipated Avatar: The Way of Water hits theaters on December 16.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now showing in Indian theaters in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.