Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is still pulling in audiences at the worldwide box office, but now the Disney+ streaming debut is on the horizon.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has provided Marvel Studios with another huge box office hit to end 2022. Although many movies of the last year have landed a streaming debut 45 days after opening in theaters, Marvel movies have not stuck to that same guide. However, the Disney+ arrival of the Black Panther sequel has now been seen for 70 days after the movie hit cinemas on November 11.
As revealed by The Hollywood Deal, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will join the Disney+ MCU catalog on January 20, 2023. While this still gives the movie time to pick up a little more money at the box office, it is unlikely that the film will end up beating Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which currently has a lead of over $135 million on the Letitia Wright-led movie. However, on the domestic front, the film has already become the second highest-grossing Marvel movie of the last three years, behind only Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s streaming debut will have the same length of gap as Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was given, but has a much longer one than both of this year’s other Marvel releases. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hit Disney+ after just 47 days, while Thor: Love and Thunder arrived after 62 days. Heading into 2023, it is likely that the extended streaming release window will become a norm as cinema audiences continue to increase.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Recently Broke Another Record
Due to the death of Chadwick Boseman in 2020, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever became a female-led sequel that, in other circumstances, would not have been the case. However, with Letitia Wright heading up the female-centric cast, which includes Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, and Lupita Nyong’o, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever had overtaken Captain Marvel as the highest-grossing female-led superhero movie of all time in domestic terms.
Despite this and a number of other accolades likely to come, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has continued the trend of not quite living up to the potential of its predecessor when it comes to box office numbers. Black Panther pulled in over $700 million at the domestic box office in 2018, with an overall gross of over $1.3 billion.
Even though Marvel movies are still dominating the box office whenever a new film is released, there are some who believe one thing that is now holding back the box office potential of many movies is the virtually instantaneous streaming release that follows. With many people struggling with the cost of living, trips to the cinema are much more expensive than waiting a couple of months for a movie to be released on a streaming platform they are already paying for. How the box office numbers change heading into 2023, with a number of high-profile releases hoping to bring in one of the biggest box offices since the pandemic began, is something that many people are waiting to find out.