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‘Wakanda’ extends box-office reign

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Disney and Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever dominated the North American box office for a second straight weekend, taking in an estimated $67.3 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

That take for the sequel to the hugely popular Black Panther – with the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda again fighting for its survival – was a bit below industry expectations despite a current global total of $546 million, trade publications said.

‘Black Panther’ stars Lupita Nyong’o (left) and Letitia Wright

But it was still more than seven times its closest competitor in North American theaters, Searchlight’s new horror-comedy film The Menu, which took in $9 million for the Friday-through-Sunday period.

The Menu stars Ralph Fiennes as a celebrity chef who prepares an elaborate – and increasingly creepy – meal for a group of wealthy, entitled people (including Anya Taylor-Joy of The Queen’s Gambit) who have no idea what, or who, is about to be served.

In third place was a surprise success, The Chosen Season 3: Episodes 1 & 2, a crowd-funded Christian movie that pulled in $8.2 million. “By Christian drama film standards, it’s a very good opening,” said David A. Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research.

In its fifth week out, Warner Bros.’ superhero film Black Adam placed fourth, at $4.5 million. Dwayne Johnson stars in the Shazam! spinoff.

In fifth place was Universal rom-com Ticket to Paradise, at $3.2 million. Julia Roberts and George Clooney star.

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