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  • Writer's pictureLoren Javier

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Continues At Top; Strange World Comes In Below Expectations

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever continued to dominate the box office over Thanksgiving Weekend with earnings of $45.9 million (expectations had it at $40 million). After a larger dip last weekend, the film has made up some ground. While it still is lower than its predecessor, it still is doing well. While it was behind Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in its first eleven days, it surpassed it by the twelfth.

Globally, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has made $675.6M.

There were five other films that opened over the weekend and all five had a combined total of less than $30 million.

Among those was Walt Disney Animation Studios' latest movie Strange World featuring the voices of Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, Gabrielle Union, Lucy Lui and Jaboukie Young-White. Sadly, the film came in much lower than expected.

The film made $11.9 million with expectations being in the $20 million range.

Compared to other animated films opening on Thanksgiving Weekend, Strange World came in much lower:

  • 2013’s Frozen ($67.3M)

  • 1999’s Toy Story 2 ($57.3M)

  • 2016’s Moana ($56.6M)

  • 2018’s Ralph Breaks the Internet ($56.2M)

  • 2017’s Coco ($50.8M)

  • 2010’s Tangled ($48.7M)

  • 2015’s The Good Dinosaur ($39.1M)

  • 1998’s A Bug’s Life ($33.2M)

  • 1995’s Toy Story ($29.1M)

  • 2021’s Encanto ($27.2M)

It even came in lower than family friendly live action films during this weekend:

  • 2007’s Enchanted ($34.4M)

  • 1996’s 101 Dalmatians ($33.5M)

  • 2011’s The Muppets ($29.2M)

  • 1997’s Flubber ($26.7M)

  • 2003’s The Haunted Mansion ($24.2M)

  • 2012’s Life of Pi ($22.4M)

Many insiders fault the lack of marketing. And the little marketing it did get, it failed to get the central message across to audiences.

(Stats from BoxOfficePro)

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