Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Stays At The Top Of The Box Office For The 3rd Week In A Row

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By Andrew Fungai

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever added $8 million to its Thanksgiving watching total and an extra $18.2 million over the weekend.

The conflict between Wakanda and Talokan dominated the box office for the third weekend in a straight.

Wakanda Forever has surpassed $350 million in domestic gross as of Sunday.

The total for the five-day weekend is down 12% from last year, totaling $125.4 million.

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This Thanksgiving, Ryan Coogler is grateful for you. Coogler thanked fans for the success of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in a letter posted online.

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Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever dominated the box office like vibranium. The long-awaited return to the fictitious African nation of Wakanda grossed a November record $180 million in its first weekend in the United States. The entire international film budget was $330 million.

Wakanda Forever is now the second biggest domestic premiere of 2022, trailing only Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Following Spider-Man: No Way Home, which scored a $260 million opening, this is the third-best pandemic-era premiere.

Wakanda Forever Casts

Shuri (Letitia Wright)

Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, became the film’s star, beginning by attempting to develop a treatment for T’Challa before her brother sadly died. She spent the rest of the film engrossed in her work and negotiating with Talokan to prevent war before taking her most significant step forward as an MCU heroine.

Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett)

Ramonda, played by Angela Bassett, reclaimed the throne as Queen of Wakanda following the death of her son. But, despite her best efforts to show Wakanda’s status in the world while also protecting her people, she became the film’s most visible victim when Namor flooded the palace.

Ramonda’s death struck her kingdom hard during Wakanda’s fight, pushing Shuri and her people to remember their fallen Queen and find the greatest way to win the war.

Okoye (Danai Gurira)

Okoye’s tale took some unexpected turns in Black Panther 2, even resulting in the loss of her Dora Milaje General title after she lost Shuri on their mission to the United States. But that didn’t stop Shuri from playing an important part as the story progressed, designing a brand-new suit for Okoye to use in combat against Namor and Talocan.

This gave her the Midnight Angel moniker, as well as remarkable new powers such as superhuman strength. Even though she is officially a civilian, her new dress and position will prepare her for a unique voyage in Wakanda.

M’Baku (Winston Duke)

With the Jabari tribe no longer secluded from the rest of Wakanda, Winston Duke’s M’Baku takes on a significantly different role in Black Panther 2. He sat on Wakanda’s governing council and used his influence to oppose Namor and his people, assisting Shuri in every way he could after Ramonda’s death.

He was also allowed to challenge for the throne of Wakanda after attending Shuri’s ritual coronation, paving the way for a larger involvement in future Black Panther adventures.

Ayo (Florence Kasumba)

Florence Kasumba’s Ayo resumed her high-ranking position with the Dora Milaje, even rising to the status of General once Okoye was released from her duties. She joins the fight against Namor on the massive battleship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean to support Okoye and the rest of her Dora soldiers.

Ayo also becomes the MCU’s latest LGBTQIA+ heroine thanks to a brief scene near the conclusion of the film that teases her connection with another member of Wakanda’s royal guards.

Aneka (Michaela Coel)

In Black Panther 2, Michaela Coel’s Aneka plays that role as Ayo’s companion, kissing her on the forehead after the fight with Talokan is over. But first, she demonstrates that she is a formidable warrior in her own right.

While the rest of the Dora utilize their spears, Aneka is shown using a pair of glittering blue blades that Shuri made for her. She also joins Okoye as a Midnight Angel in her costume for the final battle.

Dr. Graham (Lake Bell)

Lake Bell made her live-action MCU debut as Dr. Graham in Black Panther 2 after portraying Black Widow in Season 1 of What If…? Her character boarded a ship seeking for Vibranium in Talokan, using Riri Williams’ detection machine as her squad went deep below the sea.

This team was then met by Namor the Sub-anger, Mariner’s as he and his army assaulted and slaughtered the whole team. While Bell’s character attempted to flee to the helicopter in which she had come, Namor utilized his superhuman abilities to actually throw the vehicle into the water, killing her instantly.

Riri Williams/Ironheart (Dominique Thorne)

Dominique Thorne’s Riri Williams/Ironheart becomes the catalyst for the entire conflict in this film, with her Vibranium-detecting technology propelling Namor and his people into combat with Wakanda. Shuri and Okoye then find her on the MIT campus, where she shows them her Mark I Ironheart armor, but she and Shuri are captured by Namor.

Ramonda sacrifices her life to protect Riri upon her return to Wakanda, leading her to completely support Wakanda while she develops her Mark II suit. While she had to keep the suit within the borders of Wakanda, the stage is now set for her to continue her quest in the Ironheart series on Disney+, which is supposed to be a direct sequel to her debut MCU film.

Namor (Tenoch Huerta)

Tenoch Huerta created MCU history as Namor the Sub-Mariner, who went all-in as the main antagonist in Black Panther 2. After the US government used Riri Williams’ gadget to discover Vibranium in Talocan, his people retaliated by requesting an alliance with Wakanda in order to keep both of their nations covert.

Namor also staked his claim as the MCU’s newest mutant, becoming the first to refer to himself as one, displaying great strength and endurance before going toe-to-toe with Shuri. Surprisingly, the two reached an agreement in which Namor halted his assault on the surface world in exchange for Wakanda keeping their existence hidden.

Namora (Mabel Cadena)

She is completely Talokanil, thus she utilizes a breathing equipment filled with water when she’s above the ocean’s surface, but it doesn’t diminish her fighting abilities. She is an important force in defending her country, displaying her prowess during battle scenes and delivering advice to Namor after Riri and Shuri escaped custody.

Attuma (Alex Livinalli)

While Attuma is commonly seen as a Namor foe, he lent his entire support to Talocan’s leader, primarily by using his power as a virtual battering ram. His most memorable incident was the initial bridge fight in Boston versus Okoye, however he primarily remained a background character for the duration of the story.

Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o)

While Lupita Nyong’o took some time to get on screen, she delivered a fantastic performance as Nakia revealed what she’s been up to since 2018’s Black Panther. As the plot revealed, she left Wakanda immediately after that film and has been in Haiti for six years as an undercover spy for the War Dogs, helping to build the country to prosperity, despite having T’Challa on her mind the entire time.

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