Scarlett Johansson stars as Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, in Marvel’s “Black Widow.”
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“Black Widow” sold $13.2 million in preview tickets on Thursday, setting it in motion to set the bar high for the pandemic-era box office.
The Marvel film is expected to make between $80 million and $110 million at the box office over the upcoming weekend.
“F9” garnered $7.1 million during its Thursday previews last month and $70 million for its first weekend, both records for a film released in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Thursday’s receipts of “Black Widow” are on pace with $15.4 million collected by “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and $14.5 million collected by “Thor: Ragnarok.” Both the films were released in 2017. According to comScore data, “Spider-Man” grossed $117 million in its three-day opening weekend and “Thor: Ragnarok” grossed $123 million.
The strong preview numbers — coupled with the elevated ticket sales that have accompanied many Marvel movies released pre-pandemic — suggest fans will venture to see the feature on the big screen, even if it’s on Disney+ for $30. be available on
Paul Dergarbadian, senior media analyst at comScore, said: “This is the weekend Marvel fans have been waiting for, and their enthusiasm is reflected in Thursday’s preview numbers, marking a potentially pandemic era-best opening weekend for ‘Black Widow. Shows.” “Despite its availability on Disney+, ‘Black Widow’ is undoubtedly a big screen phenomenon and once again proves the essential nature of the movie theater experience.”
To be sure, the number of theaters open to the public is still below 2019 levels. Ahead of the weekend, about 81% of theaters are selling tickets, reports comScore.
Regardless, “Black Widow” is headed for the biggest opening of the pandemic and the industry is likely to see its highest weekend box office run since March 2020. It would be a huge progress from the $901,000 it brought in at the domestic box office during the same time. weekend last year.