‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ breaks box office records in Africa


‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ became the industry’s biggest opening weekend of all time with a box office of ₦240 million in West Africa. The film scored Kes 25M, grabbing the titles of both the biggest opening weekend box office of 2022 and the biggest post-pandemic opening to date in East Africa.

In South Africa, the blockbuster grossed 16.5 million rand, becoming the biggest opening weekend box office of 2022. The 2018 original film ‘Black Panther’ remains the No. 1 film of all time in both East and West Africa, and the No. 2 film of all time in South Africa.

Outside the continent, the film is also doing big numbers, grossing $180 million in the opening weekend and becoming the second biggest domestic debut. According to Time, Walt Disney Co estimates that the public bought in more than 4,396 theaters in the United States and Canada.

The sequel has broken the previous record for high water mark for a November opening in North America and surpassed the $158 million of 2013’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Director Ryan Coogler, along with Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Tenoch Huerta Mejía and the local musicians featured in the film joined dignitaries and guests at the black carpet premiere event on Sunday November 6, 2022.

Johannesburg also hosted the film’s South African premiere on Wednesday 9 November, welcoming Connie Chiume (an elder from the “Zawavari” mining tribe), Dr. Ernest Khalema (film’s language and cultural adviser) and local artists from the soundtrack on Wednesday 9. November 2022.

In Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,’ Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect his nation from the intervening world powers following the death of King T’Challa.

As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must unite with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the Wakandan kingdom. Featuring Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, ruler of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.

Directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, it is now playing in theaters around the world. Watch the trailer:


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