‘Black Widow’ Captures $39.5M In Friday Debut, Eyes $90M Opening Weekend

Two years have passed since the last Marvel Studios movie on the big screen. Fourteen months have passed since the original Black Widow release date. If there was any concern that audiences didn’t miss going to the cinema for Marvel, those fears have been quieted because Black Widow opened to a red hot $39.5M Friday.

That’s pretty much back to business as normal, right? And that doesn’t factor in the number of people who decided to purchase the film on Disney+ Premier Access for $29.99. The number includes $13M from Thursday previews. $22M was added from overseas markets.

Estimates are Black Widow could end the weekend with $90M domestic, which may not be quite the same as pre-COVID but is pretty darn close, and a possible $130M global total. [THR]

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