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Pamela McClintock

Senior Film Writer

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’: Where the Sequel’s Box Office Drop Ranks in the MCU Universe

While some expected Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to earn $70 million or more in its second weekend, the sequel nevertheless held better than any Marvel Cinematic Universe title released in the COVID-19 pandemic era in terms of its percentage drop. Wakanda Forever, from Marvel Studios and Disney, grossed an estimated $67.3 million domestically […]

Box Office: ‘Black Panther 2’ Leads, ‘The Menu’ and ‘The Chosen’ Feast While ‘She Said’ Starves

There’s major drama happening at the pre-Thanksgiving box office. As expected, Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever stayed atop the chart in its second weekend with a relatively sturdy $67.3 million for a 10-day domestic total of $288 million. The Marvel Studios and Disney tentpole had hoped to clear $70 million in its sophomore outing […]

Specialty Films Forced to Take More Risks In Expanding Theater Count Sooner

After opening in two theaters in December 2017, Guillermo del Toro’s Searchlight drama The Shape of Water never played in more than 1,000 locations until its ninth weekend, after picking up 13 Academy Award nominations. The film would go on to win four Oscars, including best picture and best director, and earn $63.9 million domestically. […]

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Box Office Leaps Past $400M Globally

Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has bounded past the $400 million mark at the global box office before heading into its second weekend. The Marvel Studios and Disney tentpole finished Wednesday with a domestic cume of $213.2 million and an international tally of $187.2 million for a worldwide total of $400.4 million. Wakanda Forever […]

Ryan Reynolds Is Learning to Take a Compliment: “I’m Not Very Good at Acknowledging Myself”

Ryan Reynolds recently took a year off from acting, but he’s ending 2022 with a bang. On Nov. 18, audiences will be able to see him opposite Will Ferrell in Spirited when the original holiday musical that’s loosely based on A Christmas Carol debuts on Apple TV+ following a limited theatrical run. He’s also shooting […]

Box Office Draws May Dominate the Oscars

When James Cameron’s Titanic — the top-grossing best picture winner of all time with $2.2 billion in worldwide ticket sales, including $600.8 million domestically — won the Academy Award for best picture in 1998, more than 55.3 million viewers tuned in to the Oscar telecast. Other box office hits vying for the honor included As […]

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Box Office Records, Highlights and Takeaways

The box office opening of Marvel Studios and Disneys’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever provided all of Hollywood — and theater owners — with a much-needed pre-Thanksgiving feast after a brutal fall at the box office. Directed by Ryan Coogler, Wakanda Forever launched to a record $180 million domestically over the Nov. 11-13 weekend and $330 […]

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Commands Huge $181M U.S. Opening, $331.3M Globally

Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is on the prowl. The superhero sequel opened to a huge $181 million at the domestic box office to hunt down the biggest November opening of all time and the second-biggest launch of 2022 so far, behind fellow Marvel Studios’ pic Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($187.4 […]

Making of ‘Tár’: How Director Todd Field Pushed His Creative Team to the Limit

It was the heart of winter when Tár writer-director Todd Field and editor Monika Willi unexpectedly took up residency at a 15th century Scottish nunnery outside Edinburgh. They had intended to meet up in London, but another COVID-19 lockdown in early January 2022 waylaid their plans. As it turned out, the nunnery and the silence […]

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Roars to $28M in Thursday Box Office Previews

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hunted down a stellar $28 million in Thursday previews, among the top 15 preview grosses of all time, according to Comscore. Wakanda Forever paced ahead of the $25.2 million earned in previews by the first Black Panther, and came in just behind this summer’s fellow Marvel pic Thor: Love […]

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Takes Flight With $10.1M at Foreign Box Office

Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever began unfurling at the foreign box office on Wednesday, grossing $10.1 million from 17 material markets. By the weekend, Wakanda Forever will be playing in theaters around the globe, excluding China and Russia. Projections show the tentpole opening to at least $175 million in North America — some exhibitors […]

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Advance Ticket Sales Race Past $45M in U.S.

Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has already raced past $45 million in advance U.S. box office ticket sales, and there are several days to go before the highly anticipated Marvel Studios sequel officially opens in roughly 4,300 cinemas domestically. Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Chapek touted the strength of advance sales during the company’s […]