Disney and Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever dominated the North American box office for a second straight weekend, taking in an estimated $67.3 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.
That take for the sequel to the hugely popular Black Panther – with the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda again fighting for its survival – was a bit below industry expectations despite a current global total of $546 million, trade publications said.
But it was still more than seven times its closest competitor in North American theaters, Searchlight’s new horror-comedy film The Menu, which took in $9 million for the Friday-through-Sunday period.
The Menu stars Ralph Fiennes as a celebrity chef who prepares an elaborate – and increasingly creepy – meal for a group of wealthy, entitled people (including Anya Taylor-Joy of The Queen’s Gambit) who have no idea what, or who, is about to be served.
In third place was a surprise success, The Chosen Season 3: Episodes 1 & 2, a crowd-funded Christian movie that pulled in $8.2 million. “By Christian drama film standards, it’s a very good opening,” said David A. Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research.
In its fifth week out, Warner Bros.’ superhero film Black Adam placed fourth, at $4.5 million. Dwayne Johnson stars in the Shazam! spinoff.
In fifth place was Universal rom-com Ticket to Paradise, at $3.2 million. Julia Roberts and George Clooney star.