‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Opens to 180 Million and a Month of Box Office Ownership

Among the many impressive opening-weekend statistics for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (Disney) is a per-theater average of 40,946, higher than what “The Fabelmans” (Universal) earned in four.The MCU sequel fell short of the year’s best opening; that remains “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” last May, which debuted to 187 million.

However, it’s 36 million better than July’s opening for “Thor: Love and Thunder.”With 330 million worldwide in its initial dates (and a reported 250 million budget before marketing), “Wakanda Forever” is off to a good start.

Until “Avatar: The Way of Water” opens next month, the MCU has the floor.

Its A Cinemascore and initial trajectory are positive, but the industry projection of 600 million is not assured.The gross is remarkable not just for its size but also the makeup of its audience.

Industry sources (not confirmed by Disney) say the initial audience was 44 percent Black, 21 percent Latino,

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