Black Panther: Wakanda Forever passed another major milestone at the box office this weekend. The Marvel Studios sequel rolled over $600 million worldwide and is now ranked 7th biggest movie of the year. Just in front Thor: Love and Thunder, but the Wakandan adventure is about to overtake it and a number of other features in the franchise. It’s not hard to believe that the Black Panther continuation could pass Iron Man 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Thor: The Dark World and Doctor Strange, all of which cost less than $700 million. Ryan Coogler’s epic is poised to become the second highest grossing MCU Phase 4 movie Spider-Man: No Way Home. Unfortunately for the studio, not releasing in China will likely hurt its ability to reach $1 billion more quickly. But that may not matter as the numbers continue to move in a strong direction Avatar: the way of the water looms at the end of the year. For a sequel without the protagonist of the first film, this is a big deal for Marvel Studios and the state of the MCU entering Phase 5.
This week, fans were surprised when director Ryan Coogler thanked them all for their support on Wakanda forever. The reaction after the film’s release was enormous. So he had to thank you for all the love.
“Thanks,” begins Coogler’s letter. “Thank you to the people who bought their tickets early and camped out opening weekend. Thank you to those of you who brought your families – young and old in tow. To those who put on youth screenings and after parties, who bought theaters for communities and friends. To everyone who watched it several times and encouraged other people to watch it. Our movie is over two and a half hours long, so thank you for making those toilet breaks. Our movie speaks 6 languages. Thanks for being patient with the subtitles And our film is about the inescapable human emotion of sadness.’
“Thank you for opening yourself up to the emotional journey of this film. We created something to honor our friend, who was a giant in our industry, and we also created something to enjoy in a theatrical setting with friends, family and strangers. Something to quote and discuss,” he added. “To debate. Something that makes people feel both physically and emotionally. This medium wouldn’t exist without an audience, and I thank you for giving me professional purpose and an emotional outlet. I look forward to bring you more stories in the future.”
Have you already seen the movie? How high do you think he can climb?” Let us know in the comments!
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