Can ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Top Original Film’s $202 Million Opening?

Expectations are high for Ryan Coogler’s Marvel sequel, which has a chance to outdo its 2018 predecessor

Finally, the moment that movie theaters have waited for for nearly five months has arrived: the release of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”

Aside from the opening weekend of Warner Bros.’ “Black Adam” last month, the box office has not seen a weekend where overall domestic grosses have exceeded $100 million since the opening weekend of Universal’s “Nope” back on July 22. Theater executives like AMC CEO Adam Aron have warned shareholders that Hollywood’s thin movie release slate would put theater in a late summer/early fall drought, but that the return of “Black Panther” would signal the beginning of an end-of-year boom period similar to the one theaters enjoyed in the early summer when Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick” was breaking records.

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Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com • Twitter: @jeremyfuster