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Black Panther 2 Breaks the Record at the Box Office for Female-Led Superhero Films

Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever surpasses a significant milestone for female-led superhero films, breaking yet another record for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which had its theatrical debut this past November and was directed by Ryan Coogler, starts with King T’Challa’s (Chadwick Boseman) death, and his sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) spends the whole movie attempting to cope with her loss. Shuri is compelled to assume the role of the Black Panther, respect her mother and brother, and defend the country of Wakanda from both the looming menace of Talokan and the threats of the outside world as the adversary Namor (Tenoch Huerta) rises from the depths to wage war on Wakanda.

In addition to establishing Letitia Wright’s Shuri as the next Black Panther 2 following Chadwick Boseman’s tragic passing, Wakanda Forever boosted Marvel Studios’ illustrious box office history. Fans rushed to the theatres in droves to watch how the MCU’s Phase 4 story concluded as Marvel poured all of its effort into making this sequel the best it could be, giving it the largest budget ever for a movie with a Black lead.

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Black Panther 2 came in just behind Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness when evaluating the whole 2022 cinema landscape, and it almost made the top five highest-grossing films of the year.

The Wakandan sequel has now made a fresh imprint in the United States as female-led superhero films finally earn their true place in Hollywood, significantly reducing the scope of the debate.

According to Box Office Mojo, the highest-grossing domestic female-led superhero film is now Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, surpassing both Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman. The $431.5 million domestic gross of Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever is more than enough to surpass Captain Marvel’s $426.8 million, Wonder Woman’s $412.8 million, and Black Widow’s $183.65 million gross, which was affected by the coronavirus.

Black Panther 2 contributed to the continuation of the MCU’s winning record since it was just the third Marvel Studios film to include a female lead, and as Shuri assumed new roles within the MCU. 

Female-led films are establishing new standards

Even though the main characters in the sequel worked together to advance the plot, Letitia Wright’s lead was the centre of attention from beginning to end.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 03: Letitia Wright attends the “Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever” European Premiere at Cineworld Leicester Square on November 03, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Jeff Spicer – Getty Images)

Even while Black Panther 2 didn’t exactly achieve the same high objectives as its record-breaking predecessor, setting any type of box office record is still a significant achievement, especially in the post-pandemic age when movie theatres are still struggling financially.

This is merely the most recent female-led Marvel Studios movie to hit theatres; Phase 5 will continue that trend with The Marvels and Thunderbolts in July 2023 and 2024, respectively. 

As the Multiverse Saga and subsequent projects advance, Shuri’s place in the MCU looks to be set in stone. She will also play an important role in 2025’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now playing in theaters. The movie is expected to begin streaming on Disney+ in early 2023.

Black Panther 2 behind both Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman in terms of global box office results, while it has a chance to overtake the DC movie before its cinematic run is over:

  1. Captain Marvel (2019): $1,128,462,972
  2. Wonder Woman (2017): $822,854,286
  3. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022): $805,249,637
  4. Black Widow (2021): $379,751,655
  5. Birds of Prey (2020): $205,322,941

The highest-grossing female-led films in history are listed below for context, with four recent Star Wars theatrical releases taking the lead.

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015): $936,662,225
  2. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017): $620,181,382
  3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016): $533,539,991
  4. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019): $515,202,542
  5. Beauty and the Beast (2017): $504,481,165
  6. Finding Dory (2016): $486,295,561
  7. Frozen II (2019): $477,373,578

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