Following a delay of 14 months, Marvel’s “Black Widow” is reportedly set to hit theaters on Friday, 9th July 2021. The film is set to capture the highest box office haul of any feature released during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.
As of Wednesday, 7th July 2021, the Marvel flick is exceeding presales for “A Quiet Place Part II” and “F9” through the same span. The film is also outpacing advanced ticket sales of “Doctor Strange” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming”. Both the films were released prior to the pandemic.
According to Shawn Robbins, the Chief Analyst at Boxoffice.com, the box office has witnessed numerous mile markets of theatrical recovery up to this point. However, there is little doubt in Robbins’ mind that the most remarkable till date is in sight with ‘Black Widow’.
The hybrid release of the movie throws a wrench into archetypal forecasting models given that there’s never been a tentpole of this degree released in this way. However, Robbins added that he is fairly confident that there will be a talk regarding some very exceptional results at the box office this weekend in spite of the presence of a paid streaming alternative.
As per current estimates, “Black Widow” is expected to tally between $80M and $110M in box office receipts over the coming weekend. This would represent a pandemic record, that overtakes “F9,” which debuted two weeks ago with $70M in ticket sales.
Sources cite that an opening within that range would also be on par with several other Marvel titles. These titles comprise “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” and “Iron Man”.
“Black Widow” occurs between the events of “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War”. The film will also debut on Disney+ for a pay-per-view cost of $30 on the same day. However, box office analysts are not sure of how this simultaneous release will affect its box office performance.