Black Widow Suffers Worst Box Office Drop In MCU History

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The ongoing effects of COVID-19 were always going to be a factor in how high Black Widow could fly at the box office, but Scarlett Johansson’s long-awaited solo debut still managed to set a slew of pandemic-era records when it hit theaters last weekend, which was all the more impressive when it also launched simultaneously on Disney Plus Premier Access.

A domestic bow of $80 million comfortably blew past the record set by Fast & Furious 9 just weeks earlier, while Black Widow also flew beyond $100 million in record time, managing to hit the milestone in six days. On top of that, a healthy international debut saw Cate Shortland’s prequel open to $150 million globally over the course of its first three days playing on the big screen, as well as bringing in an additional $60 million from Disney Plus revenue.

The good news is that Black Widow has already earned $264 million and counting, but the bad news is that it suffered the largest second weekend box office drop in Marvel Cinematic Universe history. Space Jam: A New Legacy claimed a surprise victory thanks to a three-day haul north of $32 million, and while Widow‘s $26 million is still higher than the vast majority of titles managed in their first frames since March 2020, a 67.5% decline in takings is the steepest the franchise has ever experienced dating back thirteen years and 24 installments.

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Black Widow has already passed The Incredible Hulk‘s lifetime gross in the space of ten days, though, and should be able to comfortably surpass Captain America: The First Avenger‘s $370 million as well, but after falling off a commercial cliff so quickly there’s every chance it might end up as the third lowest-earning effort in the MCU’s back catalogue should it fall short of Thor‘s $449 million.

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