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How Black Panther: Wakanda Forever stays on top

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever can now be considered a classic. That's one of the many reasons it has stayed on top for five weeks running.

First, let's start with the story. The story itself is a driving force for the film's continued success. It could have been a bomb, so many things could have gone wrong and there were so many risks involved with telling this story. Still Ryan Coogler was able to address several crucial issues and still craft a captivating saga. Let's explore those issues and how Coogler was able to navigate them to deliver a blockbuster once again.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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The first and most challenging hurdle was finding a way to simply deal with the death of its star actor, Chadwick boseman. Cougar told a story that didn't start from scratch but rather bridged the past to the present and hinted on the future. Another challenge is having a viable, compelling and deadly adversary. That was achieved from multiple angles with Neymar being the focus while the governments we're also implicated in the story. Thoroughly, it had to maintain an edge and it's sense of humor. The story did both, but it also achieved a level of emotional depth by again addressing the absence of chat with Bozeman ass came to China. This formula worked exceedingly well and was executed nearly flawlessly on the screen by some of the best actors in the world.

Once again, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever had no trouble staying atop the box office chart in its fifth weekend, earning $11.1 million to become only the third film of 2022 so far to leap past the $400 million mark at the domestic box office.The Marvel and Disney pic’s domestic haul is now $409.8 million, while it has earned $767.8 million worldwide. In North America, it will soon pass up fellow 2022 Marvel/Disney pic Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($411.3 million) to rank as the second top-grossing title of the year so far behind Top Gun: Maverick ($718.1 million). And globally, it will soon overtake DC’s The Batman to rank as No. 5 for the year ($770.8 million).

The Whale continues to impress

Darren Aronofsky’s awards contender The Whale, starring Brendan Fraser, launched in six locations, earning $380,000 to score the best opening location average of the year so far — $60,000 — after besting fellow A24 release Everything Everywhere All At Once. It’s also the best opening location average since 2020.

Violent Night squeezes into #2 spot

Tommy Wirkola’s holiday-themed comedy-thriller Violent Night placed second behind Wakanda Forever with a solid $8.7 million in its sophomore session for a tidy domestic total of $26.7 million after declining 29 percent.

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