Two years later Spider-Man: Far From Home, Marvel fans finally had a new release to look forward to on the big screen this week with the arrival of Black Widow, and despite the opportunity to catch it at home thanks to a simultaneous Premier Access release on Disney+, the Scarlett Johansson-led blockbuster has had a very impressive start at the box office.
in your own country, Black Widow grossed $80 million to top the $70 million “pandemic era” record set by F9 in June and delivers the biggest opening weekend at the North American box office since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in Dec 2019.
An additional $78 million was generated at the international box office, making Black Widow a worldwide opening weekend of $158 million. However, Disney also reports that the film has brought in an additional $60 million from its streaming release; unlike movie tickets that are shared with exhibitors, this goes straight to Disney’s pocket, so is essentially worth $120 million to the studio in terms of “cash box.”
“Yet Marvel has delivered an exceptional film to the delight of fans around the world with Black Widow achieving numerous milestones in today’s market,” said Kareem Daniel, president, Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution. “Black Widow Strong performance this weekend confirms our flexible distribution strategy to make franchise films available in theaters for a true cinematic experience and, as COVID concerns continue globally, to offer choice to consumers who prefer to watch at home on Disney+.”
“It’s unbelievable to see the audience enjoying it Black Widow after two years without a new Marvel Studios movie, and this spectacular opening weekend shows just how eager fans have been to see this beloved Avenger in her own story. There’s no doubt 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.” Alan Bergman, Chairman, and Disney Studios Content.
While Disney has Jungle Cruise poised for a hybrid cinema/streaming release, studio CEO Bob Chapek previously ruled out the possibility of Marvel Studios’ next movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings to follow. However, with Black Widow proving the model works (at least for Marvel movies), remains to be seen if those plans will change.
In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow,” Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, confronts the dark parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past emerges. Haunted by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships that left her long before she became an Avenger.
Black Widow is directed by Cate Shortland (lore) and sees Scarlett Johansson reprise her role as Natasha Romanoff alongside William Hurt as Thaddeus Ross, Florence Pugh (Fighting with my family) as Yelena Belova, O.T. Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale) as Mason, David Harbor (Strange things) as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian, Rachel Weisz (The favorite) as Melina Vostokoff and Ray Winstone (sexy beast) as Dreykov.