Los Angeles, July 12, 2021: Marvel Studios' superhero film, Black Widow has lived up to the expectation. The MCU prequel topped the domestic box office with $80 million after the first weekend and took the biggest opening of the covid-19 pandemic.
Black Widow grossed $39.5M on Friday, $23M on Saturday, and approx $17.5M on Sunday. The $80 million weekend gross is right in line with the lower-end of "good enough" expectations, even if it's closer to Ant-Man and the Wasp ($76 million on this weekend in 2018) than Doctor Strange ($88 million in November of 2016). ##
The Scarlett Johansson fronted also nabbed $78M from the international market, making it a $158M box office debut worldwide. Black Widow is a simultaneous two-way release on Disney+ for $30 and theaters. Disney said that Disney+ brought in $60 million in additional revenue, which allows them to argue that the film "grossed" $215 million worldwide this weekend.
Despite the simultaneous release, Black Widow is ahead of the $70M debut of the recently release F9, which, in fact, was an outright theatrical release. Black Widow is also the biggest Fri-Sun domestic debut since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ($173 million) in December of 2019.
Black Widow is directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kavin Feige of Marvel Studios. Apart from Scarlett Johansson, the movie also stars Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, and David Harbour in prominant roles along with O-T Fagbenle, William Hurt, and Ray Winstone.