Another successful weekend for Wakanda Forever. También llamada Black Panther 2, the film was again number one in the cinemas of the United States and several international markets and had already collected more than 675 million dollars at the box office since its narrow opening in the cinemas. The number is much better than expected included by Disney / Marvel, but it is slight from the US$ 1,382 million that had followed the first film with Chadwick Boseman. And this situation raises several questions. Can she beat Maverick, how will the release of Avatar 2 affect her, and when will it arrive for watch streaming on Disney Plus?
On the one hand, it seems difficult that Wakanda Forever can beat Top Gun Maverick, which, until now, is the highest-grossing film of the year with revenues of almost US$ 1.5 billion.
How it will rank in the year will depend on how these two weeks progress internationally, as Avatar 2: The Path of Water opens in mid-December and will command global attention.
An advantage that Avatar 2 has is that the film will be released in China, something that other films like Wakanda Forever or Top Gun: Maverick, among many others, could not do. The eastern country is a big market and after months without big Hollywood releases, it may get enviable numbers.
The sequel to Avatar is the only production that can leave the throne to Maverick this year and has several reasons to do so, including the massive advertising campaign that is carried out by Disney, as well as, of course, China.
What about Wakanda Forever streaming?
Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever will premiere for free to Disney Plus subscribers in late 2022 or early 2023. It will all depend on several decisions Disney and its new CEO have to make.
Releasing later this year, it could compete with Top Gun: Maverick, which hits Paramount Plus on December 22, 2022. Releasing later, it could serve as an extra push, say February 2023, when it’s slated. the arrival of season 3 of The Mandalorian.
And also, the longer its arrival on streaming is delayed, the more money it could collect from digital sales and on Blu-Ray and DVD. In any case, Latin America is being relegated by Disney, there is no title for its brands (Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, Disney or 20th Century Studios, with some rights-sharing exceptions), cannot be purchased digitally. There is no explanation from the company, because they can be purchased in other countries, but not in Latin America.