...the other Marvel films didn't open during covid. The only comparisons that make sense are films that were released this year like Kong, Fast and Furious, and Suicide Squad and among those the numbers BW put up are on par or better.
In the COVID and post-COVID era I don't think we will ever see any movie reach those kind of box office numbers ever again. The streaming release of new movies is not going to go away even when everyone is comfortable returning to theatres, which will limit numbers, and a number of theatres have closed as chains reduced the number of theatres they run, which means there are far fewer screens to show new releases on than the pre-COVID era, which will also limit box office revenue. And some people will just not go back to theatres as the experience was borderline not worth the expense and dealing with the distractions of people on phones, talking, etc. and now that they have an alternative won't be willing to pay the high ticket prices for those experiences. Improvements in home theatre reduce the advantages the theatre experience had anyways, and now that streaming release has been normalized, a portion of the audience has been lost forever no matter if COVID is in the equation of not. There will eventually be a butterfly effect on the budgets for new productions as the industry corrects to the new market reality as well, but I am pretty sure the days of billion dollar box office blockbusters is in the rear view no matter what the quality of the actual movie itself is.
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