Black Widow Updates: Black Widow, demonstrating the power of the Marvel brand, achieved a new domestic box office record with an opening weekend of $80 million, setting a new record for the pandemic age.
The female-led superhero picture is off to the best start in North America since the COVID-19 crisis began, and the best since Disney/Star Lucasfilm’s Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December 2019. Overseas, the picture grossed $78.8 million from 46 markets, resulting in a $158.8 million worldwide theatrical opening.
According to Disney, Black Widow generated at least $60 million through Disney+ Premier Access – a household must pay $30 to see the film — for a worldwide start of $218.8 million. It’s unusual for a studio to reveal a premium VOD or streaming viewing number on a film’s opening weekend, and Disney’s choice sparked a flurry of debate around Hollywood on Sunday over whether or not this will lead to greater openness.
In its seventh outing, Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II surpassed $150 million domestically, marking the weekend’s second milestone. This is the first time in the pandemic period that this has happened.
Until now, Universal’s F9 had the best pandemic-era opening with $70 million (including $7.1 million in Thursday sneaks) (F9’s global total is approaching $550 million, including $141.3 million domestically). F9 and Black Widow are two of several 2020 tentpoles that have been postponed because of the COVID-19 problem.
Black Widow Box Office Record
The main distinction between the two is that A Quiet Place Part II and F9 had an exclusive theatrical release, whilst Black Widow debuted on Disney+ Premier Access on the same day as A Quiet Place Part II.
Some observers predicted that Black Widow’s domestic debut would be closer than $100 million. However, the box office is still recovering and is far from normal in several regions of North America, especially given the film’s hybrid distribution plan.
Moviegoers aged 35 and above are significantly less likely to return to the theatre, and some parents are hesitant to accompany children who have not been vaccinated.
In North America, men made up 58 percent of ticket purchases at the box office. Imax, a large-format business, turned in $12 million for Black Widow internationally, thanks to fanboys.
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