'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever'

Source: Disney

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

World box office November 11-13

Rank Film (distributor) 3-day (world)  Cume (world) 3-day (int’l) Cume (int’l)  Territories
 1. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney)  $330m  $330m  $150m  $150m 51
 2. Black Adam (Warner Bros) $18.3m   $352.2m  $9.7m  $201.1m 77
 3. Suzame (various) $13.5m  $13.5m  $13.5m  $13.5m 1
 4. The Tipping Point (various) $8.7m  $8.7m  $8.7m  $8.7m 1
 5. Ticket To Paradise (Universal) $7.5m  $150m  $1.4m  $93.5m 80
 6. Lyle, Lyle Crocodile (Sony) $6.7m  $72.6m  $3.5m  $31.8m 50
 7. Smile (Paramount) $4.6m  $210m   $2.3m  $107.2m 57
 8. Prey For The Devil (various) $3.7m  $31.7m  $1.7m  $14.7m 41
 9. One Piece Film Red (various) $2.7m  $180.6m  $1.2m  $167.8m 41
 10. Home Coming (various)
$2.4m  $215.3m  $2.4m  $215.3m 6

Credit: Comscore, click top right to expand. All figures are estimates.

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ delivers second-best opening of 2022

UPDATE: Disney’s release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has reignited the global box office, delivering confirmed weekend takings of $181m in North America and $150.3m for 50 international markets – combining for $331.3m worldwide.

The Marvel film was the top US studio title in all its markets – losing out to local films in a few territories, including Japan.

The Black Panther sequel delivered nearly five times the total of the rest of the November 11-13 worldwide box office top 10 put together. And the film achieved the second-biggest opening of 2022, behind only Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness (with a $450m global debut).

For the pandemic era, Wakanda Forever ranks third among debuts, behind the Doctor Strange sequel and also Spider-Man: No Way Home ($601m).

Within individual territories, Wakanda Forever achieved the biggest opening of all time in Nigeria, and the second-biggest opening of 2022 in both France and South Africa.

Among international markets, UK/Ireland led with a confirmed $15.0m, ahead of France with $13.7m (earned from five days, thanks to the traditional Wednesday opening day in the country). Next in the international ranking come Mexico ($12.8m), South Korea ($8.9m), Brazil ($7.1m), Australia ($6.8m), India ($6.4m), Indonesia ($6.1m) and Germany ($6.1m). Italy rounds out the top 10 international markets with $4.2m, just ahead of Japan with $3.5m – and where a local title dominated (see below).

IMAX screens delivered $22.6m of the $350m global total – a 6.5% share. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has yet to be released in China or Russia.

Makoto Shinkai anime ‘Suzume’ achieves record for director

In Japan, Toho is celebrating the successful opening of Suzume (aka Suzume no Tojimari), the latest anime from writer-director Makoto Shinkai (Weathering With You, Your Name). Suzume has debuted with $13.5m on the back of 1.08million tickets sold. As mentioned above, that compares with an estimated $3.5m in Japan for fellow new release Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

The Suzume number is the biggest ever opening in Japan for a Shinkai film, and the 10th-biggest three-day opening of all time in Japan.

Suzume tells the story of a 17-year-old girl who must travel through Japan to close doors that will otherwise unleash a series of disasters in the country.

Suzume is chasing a lifetime total in Japan of $131.6m for Weathering With You, and $233.8m for Your Name.

Currently the biggest anime title of 2022 remains One Piece Film Red, with $123.0m in Japan and $180.6m worldwide.

Crunchyroll is teaming up with Sony Pictures and Wild Bunch International to bring Suzume to global audiences outside of Asia in early 2023.

‘Black Adam’ cracks $350m in fourth session

Black Adam Warner Bros

Source: Warner Bros

‘Black Adam’

UPDATE: Impacted by the arrival of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Warner Bros’ Black Adam predictably took a tumble at the box office – falling 53% in North America and 63% across international markets.

Confirmed takings for the Dwayne Johnson film’s fourth weekend of play are $8.5m in North America and $9.3m for international. Respective totals are $151m and $201m, combining for $351.7m worldwide.

For the second weekend in a row, France proved the top international market for Black Adam, with $1.1m, ahead of UK/Ireland with $902,000. In cumulative totals, the two territories reverse – UK/Ireland with $21m, and France with $15m.

Black Adam has nearly overtaken the lifetime total of Shazam! ($366.1m), from 2019. The character was initially mooted as a villain for the Shazam! film, before Warner Bros and DC Films opted to develop Black Adam as a stand-alone film.

Japan, where Black Adam is set to land on December 2, has yet to release, and no release date has been set for China or Russia.

‘The Tipping Point’ tops China box office

Recent weeks have seen China starved of powerful new releases – and Home Coming topped the country’s box office charts for six straight weeks following its September 30 release.

Now new title The Tipping Point (aka Sao hei xing dong) has arrived to bring some fresh energy to the market, landing at the top of the chart with $8.7m.

The crime film is directed by Hong Kong’s David Lam, and follows an investigation into the death of a schoolgirl. Lam previously enjoyed success with the Storm action thriller franchise, which began in 2014 with Z Storm and concluded in 2021 with the fifth film in the series, G Storm.

While Chinese cinemas will be relieved to welcome The Tipping Point, the opening box office does not compare with the year’s biggest local hits. Home Coming began with $60.7m, for example, and has now reached $214.7m in China (according to Artisan Gateway) and $215.3m worldwide (according to Comscore).

For the year to date, China box office is running 34.9% behind the equivalent period of 2021, according to Artisan Gateway figures.

‘Armageddon Time’ boosted by France launch

UPDATE: French audiences continued to demonstrate affection for writer-director James Gray, with his latest indie drama Armageddon Time landing in the market last Wednesday. Universal reports a confirmed $914,000 launch for the film in the territory, bringing the international total to $1.08m from four early markets. Including $1.6m from North America, the global tally is $2.7m.

Meanwhile The Banshees Of Inisherin from Disney’s Searchlight Pictures continues its strong run in UK/Ireland – the sole international market to release the film so far. Total there for the darkly comic Martin McDonagh drama is $8.6m, which adds to $5.8m for North America to deliver a $14.4m global total.