The estimates are now offering that the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever box office will finish much lower than anyone expected, looking around somewhere in the $800 millions.
Deadline offers the news in its latest box office update where it is noted: “The offshore drop on Wakanda Forever was 39% as it heads to a finish in the $800Ms worldwide.”
That means the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever box office won’t even match up to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness which finished with close to a billion dollars at the box office with $955 million worldwide.
Of course, that also means the sequel won’t come anywhere close to the first movie, which finished with over $1.3 billion.
So what happened?
The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever box office is getting hammered by the foreign box office as it has only brought in $339.3 million, while the first flick brought in a massive $681 million. You can’t blame it all on China, either, as China was responsible for only $105 million.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness brought in over $544 million internationally without China and Thor: Love and Thunder brought in over $417 million, so the foreign audience hasn’t come out to see Wakanda Forever.
The domestic audience for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is more in line with DS2, and looks to possibly surpass DS 2’s $411 million, but again, Wakanda Forever can’t live up to the first Black Panther‘s massive $700 million domestic box office.
The sequel also has a huge budget of $250 million, probably more with all the shutdowns and relaunching of production plus the cost of marketing, so there is probably the question if it will make any money or even break even.
Why was Black Panther: Wakanda Forever made?
I also have to question why this movie was even made. Kevin Feige said they didn’t want to recast Black Panther, but then why make the sequel?
It would have been better to put the character on the back burner and then relaunch with a new actor in the role, not Letitia Wright’s Shuri as the new Black Panther who comes off barely able to roar. She just can’t match up to Chadwick Boseman in any comparison (or Michael B Jordan) and when she’s in the suit (or the CGI version of her) it’s just totally unbelievable.
I also felt the sequel didn’t match the scope of the first movie or Infinity War, which it should have. Both the armies of Namor and Wakanda came off as lackluster, especially the former. You are trying to tell me Namor and his army of 50 men are going to be able to take on the surface world with spears, water bombs, all the while riding whales? Who thought this was a good idea?
Ironheart is another terrible character, which is more forced inclusion from Feige and his woke producer team. I felt she was totally unneeded and took away screentime from the other characters.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is another mess in a line of Kevin Feige Phase 4 messes and the future of the MCU doesn’t look to have a smooth road ahead.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever box office:
DOMESTIC (53.7%): $393,724,077
INTERNATIONAL (46.3%): $339,300,000