With its heartfelt family storyline, creative action scenes, and one of the most chilling intros in MCU history, Black Widow has by far surpassed performance predictions, debuting at #1 on opening weekend and becoming the largest domestic box office opening since the pandemic began. Since its premiere on July 9th, the long-overdue female-led, female-directed blockbuster garnered over $215 million upon release — a record $80 million in domestic box office, $78 million in international box office, and over $60 million from Disney+ Premier Access globally.
Despite Its Multiple Postponements, Black Widow Achieved A Host Of Major Milestones.
- Black Widow is the largest domestic opening weekend since Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker debuted in December 2019.
- It’s the only film to surpass $100M in domestic consumer spending on opening weekend since the start of the pandemic. And…
- Black Widow achieved the third highest domestic opening weekend for an MCU origin story, notably after Black Panther and Captain Marvel, the exact types of films Perlmutter thought no one would go see.
…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.
Alan Bergman, Chairman, Disney Studios Content.
Let’s Hear From The Audience
Natasha’s story resonated very deeply with audiences, especially females. It’s got a running joke about pockets and shows our leads with realistic battle-worn makeup and battle-ready tied back hair styles, while not overly sexualizing them. Plus, it’s an allegory for victims of human trafficking in which Nat and Yelena reclaim their agency and confront the trauma they’d been objected to.
This film is about the abuse of women. It’s about how they get involuntary hysterectomies by the age of eight. It’s about girls who are stolen from around the world. It’s so painful, and it’s so important. Part of the excitement for me is that women and girls from around the world are going to see this, and are going to see an abuse story that really was challenged by its own victims. For a Marvel film to be reaching all of those levels, it is so exciting. The best thing about that is, it’s not layered with this color of grey. You’ll see these women strive and be strong, and they’re assassins – and yet they still need to discuss how they were abused. It’s an incredibly powerful piece.
Florence Pugh via Gamesradar
We can’t wait to see Marvel continue on this inclusivity path, churning out a slew of badass movies. It’s clear from the response to Black Widow that audiences are more than ready for diversity. In fact, Yelena’s become somewhat of a fan favorite for the next Black Widow! So, here’s hoping Black Widow is the first in a long line of uber-successful, female-directed, female-led solo superhero films.
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