In its fifth weekend, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever easily maintained its top spot, taking in $11.1 million to becoming only the third movie of 2022 to surpass $400 million domestically.
The Marvel and Disney film has now made $409.8 million domestically, bringing its total global earnings to $767.8 million.
Besides that, it was a miserable weekend. A projected $38 million to $39 million in total ticket sales was the second-worst performance of the year. Why is that? Hollywood is waiting until December 16 when James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water debuts in theatres before releasing any commercial material.
At the niche box office, there was positive news, though. The Whale, directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Brendan Fraser, debuted in six theatres and made $380,000, earning it the distinction of having the best opening weekend of the year thus far ($60,000), defeating fellow A24 movie Everything Everywhere All At Once. The best opening location average since 2020, also.
But not everything was perfect at the niche box office. Empire of Light by Sam Mendes, which debuted in 110 places, made an estimated $152,000 with a pitiful location average of $1,379 per site.
Returning to the top 10, Tommy Wirkola’s holiday-themed comedy-thriller Violent Night came in at number two behind Wakanda Forever with a respectable $8.7 million in its second outing for a respectable domestic total of $26.7 million despite a decline of 29%.
Disney Animation’s Strange World finished third with a meager $3.6 million, bringing its domestic total to $30.5 and its worldwide total to just $53.5 million.
With $2.7 million, The Menu from Searchlight maintained its strong position on the list in fifth place. The specialty movie has already made an incredible $57.7 million worldwide in addition to a respectable $29 million domestically.
Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans, which is keeping its theatre count at less than 1,000 locations until important award nominations are made public, came in third place behind Warner Bros.’ Black Adam and Sony’s Devotion. A further $1.2 million was made by the movie, bringing its domestic total to a meager $7.3 million. On premium VOD the next weekend is The Fabelmans.
Spoiler Alert, a romantic comedy directed by Michael Showalter, had an increase in theatres from five to 1,100 during the course of its second weekend. The movie only made $700,000 and only managed to position No. 10 for Focus Features, so the results weren’t spectacular. The movie made $800,000 domestically.
The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news.
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