Black Widow Defeats COVID Box Office Records, Earning $158 million
Unless you’ve been living in a Nexus Event timeline, we bet that you’re well aware that Black Widow, the long-awaited Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, has finally been released in theaters and for streaming on Disney+ (with Premier Access). Now, the numbers are in, and it’s been revealed that Black Widow has set new COVID-era Box Office Records!
Black Widow earned $80 million in its first weekend. This is the most money earned in a single day by a movie since the advent of COVID-19 in March 2020. Additionally, Black Widow collected an additional $78 million from 46 international territories, boosting its global box office haul to an impressive $158 million.
But as we all know, Black Widow wasn’t only released in theaters: it’s also the first MCU movie that could be streamed (repeatedly) on Disney+ with Premier Access (which is available for $29.99). This means that the movie will be poised to earn even more money as the weeks role on!
However, thus far, Disney has reported that Black Widow generated more than $60 million “in Disney Plus Premier Access consumer spend globally,” marking the rare occasion in which a studio disclosed the profits made from streaming, according to Variety.
The Disney Plus numbers combined with the box office numbers mean a record breaking first weekend for Nat’s first solo adventure, with the final weekend figure sitting at $215 million! But, Black Widow still hasn’t been released in China, an important moviegoing market for Marvel Studios, so the film is certainly set to bring in even more cash for the studio.
Marvel Studios: Looking Forward
At the moment, Marvel says that the rest of the MCU movies coming our way this year – Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, The Eternals, and Spider-Man: No Way Home – will only be released in theaters.
I don’t know about you, Marvel Blog True Believers, but I hope that all three movies will end up getting a simultaneous streaming release on Disney+ when they come out in theaters!
The combined numbers for Black Widow certainly show the value in providing both options to Marvel fans! Have you tried the Disney+ group watch option yet? You can send emoji reactions during the movie using your phone! It’s a blast!
Black Widow’s Phase 4
Black Widow’s director Cate Shortland is the first woman to direct a MCU movie solo (Captain Marvel was directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck), and Black Widow is the second Marvel movie to be directed by a solo woman (come back tomorrow for a retro review of Punisher: War Zones, directed by Lexi Alexander, Marvel Blog True Believers).
The movie stars Scarlett Johansson, who executes a posed landing into the role of Natasha Romanoff one more time, plus Florence Pugh and David Harbour (a pair of show stealers if ever there was one).
Did you get a chance to watch Black Widow yet, Marvel Blog True Believers? Did you see it in theaters, stearm it on Disney+, or both? Let us know what you’re thinking in the comment section!