Box office: ‘Black Adam’ debuts with US$67M



Warner Bros.’ “Black Adam” opened with an estimated US$67 million, in line with studio estimates Sunday, handing Dwayne Johnson his greatest box-office weekend as a number one man and launching the D.C. Comics character he spent a decade to carry to the large display screen.

“Black Adam” was a $200-million bid to upset the ability stability in a DC Extended Universe dominated by the likes of Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman. The $67 million debut fell nicely shy of that stratosphere, even with the appreciable draw of Johnson performing in his first superhero film. Still, “Black Adam” managed the best opening weekend since “Thor: Love and Thunder” debuted with $143 million in July.

“Black Adam,” which stars Johnson as an historic Egyptian summoned to the fashionable day, was notably hobbled by poor evaluations (40 per cent recent on Rotten Tomatoes). Moviegoers have been kinder, giving the movie a B+ CinemaScore. It collected $73 million internationally for a $140 million world haul.

“Black Adam” took a circuitous route to succeed in theatres. The character had initially been deliberate to launch as a villain in 2019’s “Shazam!” earlier than executives pivoted to provide Black Adam a standalone characteristic. The goofier “Shazam!,” which value nearer to $100 million to make, opened with $53.5 million in ticket gross sales and wound up an over-achieving success with $366 million worldwide.

The stakes have been greater for “Black Adam,” although. While selling the movie, Johnson hasn’t been shy about his need to comply with up “Black Adam” with a showdown with Superman. But whether or not the receipts for “Black Adam” are sufficient to warrant that continues to be unclear. Under new management, Warner Bros. is overhauling its strategy to DC Comics diversifications.

Jeff Goldstein, distribution chief for Warner Bros., celebrated the outcomes as a private finest for Johnson exterior of the “Fast & Furious” movies, and a PG-13 movie with broad-based attraction that audiences responded to higher than critics. Still, it is a time of transition for Warner Bros.’ reorganizing DC unit because the studio seeks extra Marvel-sized successes. Next on faucet is “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” in March.

“It’s all about making good motion pictures. It’s all about discovering the correct scripts,” mentioned Goldstein. “Our studio is certainly going by means of a serious revamping of our manufacturing management and elegance and strategy. I feel that we’ll be capable to crack this nut. We’re positively targeted in on doing that.”

“Ticket to Paradise,” the Bali-set romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney, proved good counterprogramming. The Universal Pictures launch debuted with $16.3 million, nicely above latest gross sales for rom-coms, which have struggled in recent times on the field workplace. The movie is already successful overseas, the place it has been in launch for the final month, accruing $80.2 million in ticket gross sales.

Earlier this month, Universal’s R-rated “Bros,” an LGBTQ milestone within the style, debuted with a disappointing $4.8 million. “Ticket to Paradise” had a notable benefit in its two stars, and appealed significantly to older audiences; 64 per cent of ticket consumers have been 35 and up, the studio mentioned.

“It turned an occasion movie for all audiences this weekend however particularly for older audiences that may be troublesome to get into theatres,” mentioned Jim Orr, head of distribution for Universal. “We all know it is a demographic group that does not precisely run out to see movies opening weekend. That provides us nice encouragement for the weeks and months forward.”

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for information agency Comscore, famous it was the primary weekend with a $65 million opener and greater than $100 million in general home ticket gross sales since July. That was owed largely to star energy, he mentioned, within the attraction of each “Ticket to Paradise” and “Black Adam” with Johnson.

“He was the engine that actually drove this field workplace regardless of some headwinds by way of the DC model and this not being as identified a personality,” mentioned Dergarabedian. “This is a really robust start line for Dwayne Johnson within the mixture of DC Comics. He’s like a box-office supercharger. Forty-percent Rotten Tomatoes, however folks simply wish to see Dwayne Johnson on the large display screen as a result of he’s greater than life.”

Last week’s high movie, “Halloween Ends,” dropped massively in its second weekend. The Universal horror sequel, which was concurrently launched on Peacock, declined 80 per cent with $8 million. Meanwhile, Paramount Pictures’ “Smile,” continued to defy the standard declines for horror releases. With $8.4 million in its fourth week of launch, “Smile” got here in third and boosted its general home gross sales to $84.3 million.

As extra acclaimed awards contenders land in theatres, Searchlight Pictures’ “The Banshees of Inisherin” began its run with the most effective per-theatre averages of the yr. The Martin McDonagh drama, starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, opened with $181,000 in 4 theatres for a per-theatre common of $45,250. For A24, Charlotte Wells’ “Aftersun,” starring Paul Mescal and Frankie Corio as a father and daughter on trip, additionally debuted solidly in 4 theatres, with a $16,589 per-theatre common.

Estimated ticket gross sales for Friday by means of Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, in line with Comscore. Final home figures can be launched Monday.

1. “Black Adam,” $67 million.

2. “Ticket to Paradise,” $16.3 million.

3. “Smile,” $8.4 million

4. “Halloween Ends,” $8 million.

5. “Lyle, Lyle Crocodile,” $4.2 million.

6. “The Woman King,” $1.9 million.

7. “Terrifier 2,” $1.9 million.

8. “Don’t Worry Darling,” $880,000.

9. “Amsterdam,” $811,000.

10. “Triangle of Sadness,” $600,000.


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