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World Box Office November 21 to 27, 2022

James Cameron’s Pandoran creatures couldn’t come soon enough, box office analysts expressed in their comments as the Thanksgiving weekend figures trickled in.

While Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Black Adam continue to be bright spots, the recent Thanksgiving holiday numbers were considered among the worst. The November long holiday weekend traditionally draws hordes of moviegoers and brings in boffo box office revenues.

But this year’s figures – $91.5 million – were the lowest since the 1994 Thanksgiving ($94.5 million). Even when the pandemic was raging in the 2021 Thanksgiving, the numbers were higher – $96.5 million.

While Disney placed 1-2 in the domestic box office chart, thanks to Wakanda Forever and Strange World, it’s Netflix’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery that’s being buzzed about, even though it only placed third.

Daniel Craig’s sequel to his hit whodunnit is beating all the films geared toward the adults – The Menu, The Fabelmans, Bones and All, and Devotion.

Glass Onion, which sees famed detective Benoit Blanc (Craig) and his charming Southern drawl ending up in Greece, raked in $9.2 million (three-day weekend) and $13.3 million (five-day Thanksgiving holidays).

Rian Johnson again directed the crime comedy-drama which co-stars Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista, Janelle Monae, Leslie Odom Jr., and Kathryn Hahn.

As mentioned earlier, Wakanda Forever stayed at number one and grossed $45.9 million. With Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Tenoch Huerta, and Danai Gurira headlining the cast, the movie is pumping an otherwise moribund box office.

Although it debuted in second place, Strange World’s $11.9 million earnings were way below predictions and were low for a debuting Disney animation movie.

Inspired by pulp magazines, Strange World narrates the journey of a family of explorers to a mysterious land dominated by surreal life forms. With Don Hall and Qui Nguyen as directors, the animated action-adventure is voiced by Jake Gyllenhaal, Jaboukie Young-White, Gabrielle Union, Dennis Quaid, Lucy Liu, and Alan Tudyk.

Devotion, with Top Gun: Maverick star Glen Powell back in the cockpit and Jonathan Majors, bowed in fourth. Based on Adam Makos’ book, “Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice” – the true tale of naval officers Jesse Brown and Tom Hudner – the film collected $6 million.

Making it to number five was The Menu, about a dinner in a super exclusive restaurant that goes horribly wrong, which made $5.2. million. The dark comedy-horror features an array of guests, portrayed by Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, Jon Leguizamo, Judith Light, and Janet McTeer, who troop all the way to a remote island to savor the dishes of a celebrity chef (Ralph Fiennes).

Comprising the rest of the top ten were, in order: Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam, $3.35 million; Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical The Fabelmans, $2.220 million;

Luca Guadagnino’s cannibal romance, Bones and All, with Timothée Chalamet, Taylor Russell, and Mark Rylance, $2.206 million; Ticket to Paradise, $1.85 million; and The Chosen: Season 3, the faith-based series chronicling the life of Jesus (Jonathan Roumie) which was released first in theaters, $1.58 million.

Internationally, Wakanda Forever remains strong with another $32.1 million from various territories. The Black Panther sequel has accumulated an offshore total of $308 million and a worldwide cumulative of $675.6 million. The action-adventure-drama sendoff to T’Challa is especially solid in Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, and South Korea.

Strange World also did not fare well overseas, premiering in more than 40 markets with a paltry $9.2 million.

Further impacting Strange World’s international box office prospects are reports that Disney preemptively decided not to release the movie in over 20 territories, including the Middle East, where the gay storyline would probably have required edits.

Meanwhile, Black Adam is also flexing its muscles overseas with a weekend haul of $2.8 million, adding to impressive totals – offshore ($215.1 million) and worldwide ($378 million).