Wakanda Profits From Strange World's Slow Start

Disney's animated film comes in a distant second
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 27, 2022 2:00 PM CST
Wakanda Tops Quiet Holiday Weekend
This image released by Marvel Studios shows Angela Bassett as Ramonda in a scene from "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever."   (Marvel Studios via AP)

Thanksgiving often serves up a feast of new family movies at the box office, but the Walt Disney Co.'s animated offering Strange World fizzled with audiences out of the gates. The production, which carried a reported $180 million budget, grossed just $18.6 million in ticket sales in its first five days and $11.9 million over the weekend in North American theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday. The top spot for the holiday corridor, which runs from Wednesday through Sunday, instead went to another Disney movie, Marvel's Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which raked in an additional $64 million over the past five days, $45.9 million of which was from the weekend. The superhero sequel has reigned over the charts for three weekends now and has grossed $675.6 million worldwide.

It was a muted weekend despite a buffet of well-reviewed options, including the Korean War aviation drama Devotion, the nationwide expansion of the Timothée Chalamet cannibal romance Bones and All, and Steven Spielberg's The Fabelmans. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery also opened in 600 theaters nationwide for a weeklong limited run. It marks the first time a Netflix film has played in the nation's major theater chains, including AMC, Regal and Cinemark, but neither Netflix nor the exhibitors provided sales estimates for the film, which won’t hit the streaming service until Dec. 23. The first Knives Out, which was released by Lionsgate, opened to $41.4 million over Thanksgiving weekend in 2019.

Below are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore, with the Wednesday through Sunday totals in parentheses. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

  1. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, $45.9 million ($64 million).
  2. Strange World, $11.9 million ($18.6 million).
  3. Devotion, $6 million ($9 million).
  4. The Menu, $5.2 million ($7.4 million).
  5. Black Adam, $3.4 million.
  6. The Fabelmans, $2.2 million ($3.1 million).
  7. Bones and All, $2.2 million ($3.6 million).
  8. Ticket to Paradise, $1.9 million ($2.6 million).
  9. The Chosen Season 3: Episode 1 & 2, $1.6 million.
  10. She Said, $1.1 million ($1.5 million).

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