The Marvel Cinematic Universe is back in movie theaters and fans are making sure to see it.
Disney announced today that Black Widow debuted to an estimated total of over $215 million globally this weekend with $80 million coming in domestically. An additional $78 million come from international sales, while $60 million came from Disney+ Premier Acess. Topping F9‘s $70 million domestic pull, Black Widow is now the largest domestic box office opening since the COVID-19 pandemic began and the largest domestic opening weekend since Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker in December 2019.
Disney also notes that Black Widow is the only film to surpass $100M in domestic consumer spend on opening weekend since the start of the pandemic, and that it’s the highest domestic opening weekend for a Marvel Cinematic Universe origin story after Black Panther and Captain Marvel.
“Once again, Marvel has delivered an exceptional film to the delight of fans worldwide with Black Widow achieving numerous milestones in the current marketplace,” said Kareem Daniel, Chairman, Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution. “Black Widow’s strong performance this weekend affirms our flexible distribution strategy of making franchise films available in theaters for a true cinematic experience and, as COVID concerns continue globally, providing choice to consumers who prefer to watch at home on Disney+.”
“It’s incredible to see audiences enjoying Black Widow after two years without a new Marvel Studios film, and this spectacular opening weekend shows just how eager fans have been to see this beloved Avenger in her own story. There’s no question it’s been worth the wait – Cate Shortland, Scarlett Johansson, and the Marvel Studios team have delivered an exceptional film that continues a legacy of creative excellence as the Marvel Cinematic Universe expands and enters a new era,” said Alan Bergman, Chairman, Disney Studios Content.