For the last few weeks, F9 has dominated the box office and set numerous COVID-era records. However, it looks like those COVID-era box office records will soon fall.
Black Widow debuted in theaters and on Disney+ this past Friday. In just 24 hours, the film pulled in $39.5 million. If projections hold, the Marvel blockbuster will pull in a record $87.8 million during its opening weekend. In comparison, the previous box office leader, F9, brought in $70 million during its first weekend.
Pushed back more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Widow provides the backstory the hero who appears in several of the Avengers films. Scarlett Johansson plays the lead role alongside a cast that includes Florence Pugh, Robert Downey Jr., Rachel Weisz and Yolanda Lynes.
In the coming months, Marvel will look to build on the box office success of Black Widow. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Eternals and Spider-Man: No Way Home will all debut in theaters before this year is through.
Black Widow grossed an estimated $39.5M on Friday (from 4,160 locations), including Thursday previews.
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