Box Office: ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Makes $28 Million in Previews

Box Office: ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Makes $28 Million in Previews

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“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has earned $28 million in Thursday previews.

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It ranks as the No. 15 highest preview haul ever, and it opens in 4,396 total theaters Friday.

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As the sequel to 2018’s “Black Panther,” which took in $25 million in previews before grossing more than $1.3 billion worldwide during its heroic run

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Wakanda Forever” is expected to dominate theaters with around $175 million in its opening weekend.

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The original “Black Panther” had a $202 million opening weekend and built on its huge buzz to become the first Marvel film to be nominated for best picture at the Oscars.

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After opening in 43 markets worldwide Thursday, “Wakanda Forever” has made $30.8 million internationally.

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Some projections put the “Wakanda Forever” debut in the $185 million to $200 million range, which would make it the biggest domestic opening of the year.

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Currently, fellow MCU entry “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” holds the 2022 record with its $187 million launch in May.

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In comparison, the “Doctor Strange” sequel had $36 million in Thursday previews.

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The year’s other top opening weekends include “Jurassic World Dominion” ($145 million), “Thor: Love and Thunder” ($144 million), “The Batman” ($134 million) and “Top Gun: Maverick” ($126 million).

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“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” has so far made $66 million in advance ticket sales, which is behind the “Doctor Strange” sequel

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However, it’s above July’s “Thor: Love and Thunder,” the previous Marvel movie that finished with $760 million worldwide and had $29 million in previews.

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