BOX OFFICE: “Wakanda” wins, but fades, “Violent Night” bloodies up $12 million

The “Black Panther” sequel, “Wakanda Forever,” is still doing business. But the writing’s on the wall as it wins one final weekend before it starts to shed screens and give way to whatever December offerings have a prayer of challenging it.

A $15-16 million weekend, Deadline.com projects, will allow it to pass the $400 million mark at the North American box office sometime next week — Friday at the latest. It doesn’t have the legs or the culture-shifting buzz of the original film. Frankly, it’s just not as good. It’s done well, but it’s done, BO wise. Next!

“Violent Night” proves that yes, you can release a horrific Santa Claus slaughterhouse movie in America without the sort of push-back and outrage that “Silent Night, Deadly Night” (1984) once generated. This David Harbour star vehicle has a lot more in common with “Bad Santa” than anything else — a “Bad Santa” shoot-em-up in which “Santa is REAL, you guys! And he’s got these “particular skills” that he recalls from his first career, way back in the Olde Country. It is on track to come right up to the edge of the $12 million mark on its opening weekend.

“Strange World” opened badly and slips into an instant death spiral — a $4.4 million second weekend.

“Devotion,” “The Menu” and “Bones and All” make up the second three at the box office.

“Glass Onion” is leaving theaters $14.7 million richer. Netflix streams it Dec. 23, and expects to put it back into theaters (don’t be a sucker) that same day. As if.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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