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Black Widow crushes competition as the new pandemic-era box office record holder

All hail our new box office queen (Picture: Marvel)

Vin Diesel, pull over, as Marvel’s Black Widow has just stormed past the Fast and Furious 9 pandemic-era box office opening record in US cinemas by a whopping $10million (£7.3m).

Even more impressively, this feat doesn’t take into account the additional $60m (£43.4m) Disney said the film raked in on Disney Plus.

Black Widow is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie since 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, and heralds the arrival of Phase Four of the MCU.

It was initially slated for a May 2020 release before Disney, after three delays, settled on a split release between cinemas and streaming for July 2021.

The Walt Disney Company now reports that Black Widow captured $80m (£57.7m) at the domestic (US) box office on its debut, breezing past Fast and Furious 9’s previous record of $70m (£50.5m).

In addition, it made a healthy $78m (£56.3m) internationally and that’s without a release date yet set in China.

Black Widow took $80m in cinemas and $60m on Disney Plus (Picture: Marvel)

Fast and Furious 9’s $70m has been outstripped (Universal Pictures)

However, most notably, Disney has confirmed figures generated globally by its Disney Plus Premier Access strategy, which it introduced last year to enable fans to enjoy its biggest releases while cinemas were still closed.

It’s almost unprecedented for a platform to announce or confirm these numbers itself, and none were officially shared for its previous Premier Access movies Mulan, Raya and the Last Dragon or Cruella, but Disney clearly has nothing to hide: Black Widow has made over $60m globally on Disney Plus too.

Universal went bold with its theatrical-only release for Fast and Furious 9, injecting confidence into the industry with its initial record-breaking debut, but it seems Disney’s split release for Black Widow didn’t harm US or global box office in the slightest as its full opening haul has surpassed $215m (£155m) .

Black Widow sees Scarlett Johansson’s hero in a quest between Civil War and Infinity War, as confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past, which we delve further into than ever before, arises.

Fans were keen to learn how Red Guardian and Yelena would fit into Natasha’s life (Picture: Marvel)

Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy, and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Despite questions over its relevance, considering Natasha Romanoff’s fate in Avengers: Endgame, fans are clearly still thirsty for Marvel content; in fact, Disney also revealed that since the launches of popular Marvel series WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and Loki on the company’s streaming platform, MCU fans have consumed almost three billion hours of content on Disney Plus to date.

With A Quiet Place Part II’s initial pandemic-era opening weekend box office crown taken by Fast and Furious 9 and now seized by Black Widow, it seems cinemas are finally beginning to recover after a brutal 2020 ahead of more blockbuster releases, including The Suicide Squad, Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Eternals, and Daniel Craig’s last Bond outing, No Time To Die.

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