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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever remains on top for the fifth weekend… as box office nears a new low

With just days left until what may be the biggest movie of 2022 – Avatar: The Way of Water – the box office hit a near new low for the year, as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever repeated on top for a fifth straight weekend.

The Marvel Studios sequel dropped just 36.7% in its fifth weekend in theaters, taking in $11.1 million for an easy win, in a weekend where there were no new movies arriving in wide release.

The $38.3 million cumulatively earned at the box office was the second lowest of the year (just ahead of the $34.87 million on January 28-30), though A24’s critically-acclaimed indie The Whale did set a new 2022 for the best limited opening per-screen average of the year.

Biggest?: With just days left until what may be the biggest movie of 2022 – Avatar: The Way of Water – the box office hit a near new low for the year, as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever repeated on top for a fifth straight weekend

Sequel: The Marvel Studios sequel dropped just 36.7% in its fifth weekend in theaters, taking in $11.1 million for an easy win, in a weekend where there were no new movies arriving in wide release

Sequel: The Marvel Studios sequel dropped just 36.7% in its fifth weekend in theaters, taking in $11.1 million for an easy win, in a weekend where there were no new movies arriving in wide release 

Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever dropped 130 theaters in its fifth weekend to 3,725, with a per-screen average of just $2,979.

This weekend’s tally brought the superhero sequel’s domestic tally over $400 million, with $409.8 million.

Director Ryan Coogler’s hit sequel has taken in an additional $358 million in foreign markets for a worldwide tally of $767.8 million.

Fifth weekend: Marvel's Black Panther: Wakanda Forever dropped 130 theaters in its fifth weekend to 3,725, with a per-screen average of just $2,979

Fifth weekend: Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever dropped 130 theaters in its fifth weekend to 3,725, with a per-screen average of just $2,979

Worldwide: Director Ryan Coogler's hit sequel has taken in an additional $358 million in foreign markets for a worldwide tally of $767.8 million

Worldwide: Director Ryan Coogler’s hit sequel has taken in an additional $358 million in foreign markets for a worldwide tally of $767.8 million

The movie will surpass another Marvel sequel – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – and its $411.3 million tally to become the second highest grossing movie at the domestic box office, behind Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick ($718.1 million).

The sequel is also pacing far behind 2018’s Black Panther, which, at this point in its release, had grossed just over $605 million domestic. 

The rest of the top 5 remained in their same spots as last week, with Violent Night earning $8.6 million in second place, Strange World with $3.6 million in third place, The Menu with $2.7 million in fourth and Devotion with $1.9 million in fifth.

Behind: The sequel is also pacing far behind 2018's Black Panther, which, at this point in its release, had grossed just over $605 million domestic

Behind: The sequel is also pacing far behind 2018’s Black Panther, which, at this point in its release, had grossed just over $605 million domestic

The top 10 is rounded out by Black Adam ($1.3 million, $166.8 million domestic), The Fabelmans ($1.2 million, $7.3 million domestic), The Hours (Metropolitan Opera) )($791,000), I Heard the Bells ($751,000, $4 million domestic) and Spoiler Alert ($700,000, $803,000 domestic).

While it opened just outside the top 10, A24’s The Whale set a new 2022 record for best limited release.

The new Darren Aronofsky film starring Brendan Fraser in a likely Oscar-nominated performance took in $360,000 from just 6 theaters for a whopping $60,000 per-screen average.

New record: While it opened just outside the top 10, A24's The Whale set a new 2022 record for best limited release

New record: While it opened just outside the top 10, A24’s The Whale set a new 2022 record for best limited release

That tally bests the late-March debut of another A24 film, the critically-acclaimed Everything Everywhere All At Once, which opened to $501,305 from 10 theaters for a $50,130 per-screen average.

Next weekend will bring the long-awaited release of director James Cameron’s sequel Avatar: The Way of Water, the only new movie in wide release which is expected to dominate at the box office for the rest of the year and beyond.

The sequel 13 years in the making has been projected to take in somewhere between $150 million and $175 million in its opening weekend… though other reports claim the massive movie will need to make $2 billion just to break even. 

Record: That tally bests the late-March debut of another A24 film, the critically-acclaimed Everything Everywhere All At Once, which opened to $501,305 from 10 theaters for a $50,130 per-screen average

Record: That tally bests the late-March debut of another A24 film, the critically-acclaimed Everything Everywhere All At Once, which opened to $501,305 from 10 theaters for a $50,130 per-screen average

Long-awaited: Next weekend will bring the long-awaited release of director James Cameron's sequel Avatar: The Way of Water, the only new movie in wide release which is expected to dominate at the box office for the rest of the year and beyond

Long-awaited: Next weekend will bring the long-awaited release of director James Cameron’s sequel Avatar: The Way of Water, the only new movie in wide release which is expected to dominate at the box office for the rest of the year and beyond

Projected: The sequel 13 years in the making has been projected to take in somewhere between $150 million and $175 million in its opening weekend... though other reports claim the massive movie will need to make $2 billion just to break even

Projected: The sequel 13 years in the making has been projected to take in somewhere between $150 million and $175 million in its opening weekend… though other reports claim the massive movie will need to make $2 billion just to break even

Box Office Top 10 December 9-11

1.”Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” $11.1 million.

2. “Violent Night,” $8.7 million.

3. “Strange World,” $3.6 million.

4. “The Menu,” $2.7 million.

5. “Devotion,” $2 million.

6. “Black Adam,” $1.3 million.

7. “The Fabelmans,” $1.2 million.

8. “The Hours” (Metropolitan Opera), $791,000.

9. “I Heard the Bells,” $751,000.

10. “Spoiler Alert,” $700,000.


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