‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ scores the year’s second best opening with $180 million

Marvel Studio’s Black Panther sequel Wakanda Forever debuted with an estimated $180 million in North America, the 2nd best opening weekend of the year behind Marvel’s Dr. Strange sequel, which opened to $187 million in May.

Wakanda Forever set a record for the biggest November opening of all time, beating The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The first Black Panther opened to $202 million in 2018. The sequel opened to an estimated $150 million internationally, with a worldwide gross of $330 million.

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After spending its first three weeks at number one, Black Adam slipped to second place with an estimated $8.6 million, bringing its domestic tally to $151 million. The action-adventure film has earned $352 million worldwide.

The rom-com Ticket to Paradise took third place with an estimated $6.1 million, raising its domestic total to $56.5 million after four weeks and $150 million worldwide.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile grabbed an estimated $3.2 million in its sixth week of release for a fourth place finish. The live action-CGI comedy has collected $40.8 million in North America and $72.6 million globally.

Rounding out the top five was the horror film Smile, earning an estimated $2.3 million. Made for just $17 million, its seven-week total stands at $103 million and $210 million at the worldwide box office.

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