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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever becomes second-highest debut of 2022

November 13, 2022 at 03:37 PM EST

The sequel opened with a blockbuster $180 million at the box office.

Black Panther 2 blew its competition out of the water this weekend.

Ryan Coogler's highly-anticipated sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, opened with a blockbuster $180 million at the domestic box office, according to Comscore. It marks the second-highest debut for 2022 thus far, followed behind another Marvel title, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which opened with a mystical $185 million back in May.

At the global box office, the sequel earned $330 million overall. Previously, the first film shattered box office records in 2018, earning $218 million over the long weekend and becoming the highest-grossing superhero filmin the U.S. Worldwide, it grossed $1.3 billion.

Wakanda Forever reunites much of the original creative team and cast, including Lupita Nyong'oLetitia Wright, Danai Gurira, and Angela Bassett, and follows Wakandans in the wake of King T'Challa's (the late Chadwick Boseman) death. It also introduces Namor (Tenoch Huerta), from the mythical undersea kingdom of Atlantis. Above all else, the sequel is a tribute to Boseman, who died in 2020 from colon cancer. He was 43.

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