Black Panther 2 beats Black Adam in new box office record

Angela Bassett in Black Panther 2Marvel Studios

Black Panther 2 has unseated Black Adam and set a new box office record as the final movie of the MCU’s Phase Four hit cinemas.

Between Top Gun: Maverick and Avatar: The Way of Water, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was always going to be one of the year’s biggest movies.

It’s the last movie in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it follows 2018’s Black Panther – one of the highest-grossing movies of all time – and it also comes after the death of its former lead star Chadwick Boseman, who played T’Challa in the franchise.

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Audiences have descended on theatres en masse this past weekend, obliterating the past November record while kicking Black Adam down the box office hierarchy of 2022.

Black Panther 2 sets new box office record

Black Panther 2 has earned $330 million worldwide – that’s just $22 million shy of Black Adam’s box office run since its release on October 21.

In a tweet, Dwayne Johnson wrote: “A huge congratulations to the entire #BlackPanther TEAM, @MarvelStudios @DisneyStudios. Biggest opening ever for the month of November… that’s a lot of happy moviegoers around the world. Beautiful!!! Can’t wait to see the movie.”

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In the US, the sequel grossed $180 million over the weekend. The previous November record was $158 million, set by 2013’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – it’s fair to say, it absolutely smashed it.

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However, its debut isn’t the biggest this year. That accolade goes to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which landed at $187.4 million domestically.

Yet, Wakanda Forever continues the MCU’s most accomplished streak: it’s the third highest-grossing opening of any film following global restrictions, behind Doctor Strange 2 and Spider-Man: No Way Home.

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It’s unlikely the movie will reach the box office highs of Black Panther, which finished its global run at $1.34 billion, especially with Avatar 2 already on the horizon and ready to dominate holiday moviegoing.

You can read our review of Black Panther 2 here and check out the rest of our coverage here.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is in cinemas now.