LOS ANGELES – “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” delivered on its high expectations at the box office, opening with $180 million this weekend to set a North American record for movies opening in November, according to industry estimates released Sunday.
The sequel to 2018’s blockbuster Marvel Comics adaptation stars Letitia Wright and Lupita Nyong’o. It beat out the top-grossing film from the last three weekends, “Black Adam,” which took in $8.6 million Friday through Sunday for second place.
The Julia Roberts-George Clooney romantic comedy “Ticket to Paradise” was third, grossing $6.1 million in its fourth week in theaters, Comscore reported.
“Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” was fourth with $3.2 million in its sixth week, followed by “Smile” with $2.3 million in its seventh week.
Rounding out the top 10 domestic releases, as estimated by Comscore, were “Prey for the Devil” ($2 million), “Then Banshees of Inisherin” ($1.7 million), “One Piece Film Red” ($1.4 million), “Till” ($618,254) and “Yashoda” ($380,000).
This weekend’s overall three-day box office haul was estimated at $209.1 million. The year-to-date total is up to $6.46 billion — an increase of 95% over the figure at this time last year, according to Comscore.