Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ smashes pandemic box office records; ‘Avengers’ stars Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner congratulate actress


Scarlett Johansson officially ushered in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with her stand-alone film, ‘Black Widow’. The superhero flick that released in theatres on Friday broke all pandemic box office records with its $218 million opening weekend collection.

‘Avengers’ co-star Mark Ruffalo, best known for playing The Hulk, took to Twitter to congratulate Scarlett on the box office record. His tweet read, “Congratulations to my birthday twin, Scarlett Johansson & everyone a part of #BlackWidow for a great opening weekend! Have you seen the film yet? No spoilers, but let me know what you thought of the movie.”

Fellow ‘Avengers’ star Jeremy Renner also joined in the hype wagon and shared a photo on Instagram saying, ‘Who saw Widow? What did you think?”

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‘Black Widow’ that tells the origins story of the Russian assassin turned Avenger, earned around $80 million in North American theatres between Friday and Sunday – a pandemic-era record that highlights the continuing lure of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

With an additional $60 million-plus from streaming on Disney Plus (at $29.99 for subscribers), and $78 million in international theatres, the long-awaited Marvel spin-off has landed an impressive global total of around $218 million.

Hollywood Reporter called it “unprecedented” for a studio to announce its streaming total on a film’s opening weekend.

The film has not yet been granted a release date in China, where Beijing is seeking to boost domestic summer blockbusters.

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