‘Wakanda Forever’ reigns supreme at Thanksgiving box office as ‘Strange World’ flops
In the first three weeks of this year’s Thanksgiving season the top film with the widest release was “Wakanda Forever,” with $11 million. That film went on to finish a very strong second in its week of release with $10.9 million. That film’s distributor, Relativity Media, released the film in the U.S. on Tuesday.
The film was the first new film to score a million dollar opening weekend in 20 years. Since then it has dropped to a $1.6 million gross in its second weekend. In fact, it has yet to see back up to that number. The film, which stars Samuel L. Jackson, is the most recent film to hit the big screen with a wide release at Thanksgiving. It’s the first major film to score a million dollar opening on Thanksgiving in over a decade. The film, which is based on a comic book story, was written by Eric Heisserer, John Ridley and Robert Schwentke. It has yet to hit a milestone big screen opening at Thanksgiving since 1998 with “True Lies” ($5.98 million in its third weekend). “True Lies” is the only film to cross the $1 million mark since “Wakanda Forever” did so in its seventh week in release.
Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets” was another film to do quite well in its opening week, scoring $7.9 million in ticket sales. The film had debuted last week with a $4.7 million opening in the States.
In its second week “The Secret Life of Pets” has now gone on to hold onto a $34.5 million dollar total domestic gross. It has surpassed its predecessor in “The Lego Movie” ($45 million). “The Secret Life of Pets” is the first film since “Wakanda Forever” to finish as the number one film in its second weekend in the top ten. The film has been out for a week longer than what the chart was based on when the chart was released and it has been able to hold onto its number one spot.
“The Secret Life of Pets” has also gone on to do very well in its opening weekend in Mexico ($1.3 million), Germany ($1