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Black Adam Rules The Box Office Again As Smile Prepares To Hit An Excellent Milestone

In Its Last Weekend At #1 Domestically, Black Adam’s Ticket Sales Exceed $300 Million Worldwide

Black Adam Rules The Box Office Again As Smile Prepares To Hit An Excellent Milestone

Diplomat Times (Hollywood) – As the calendar flipped over to November this past week, Hollywood didn’t put up much of an effort to provide theaters with new wide releases – something that we’ve seen happen multiples times in 2022. With Halloween in the rear view mirror and Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever set to take over multiplexes the world over in just a few days, the box office crown was left open to be taken for a third time by the star power of Dwayne Johnson in Jaume Collet-Serra’s Black Adam.

Check out the Top 10 for this past weekend at the box office below, and join me after for analysis! Figure in (USD $)

TITLE                                 WEEKEND GROSS DOMESTIC GROSS LW        THTRS
1. Black Adam                     $18,520,000 $137,365,701 1 3                     985
2. One Piece Film: Red*        $9,475,251 $9,475,251 2                                  367
3. Ticket To Paradise          $8,510,000 $46,734,120 2 4                          066
4. Smile                               $3,999,925 $99,107,000 4 3                             046
5. Prey For The Devil          $3,875,000 $13,643,710 3 2                          980
6. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile           $3,360,000 $36,566,868 7 3                             005
7. The Banshees Of Inisherin  $2,001,000 $3,034                                    102 11 895
8. Till                                    $1,875,580 $6,583,014 6 2                              136
9. Halloween Ends               $1,400,000 $63,445,190 5 2                         929
10. Terrifier 2                        $1,220,075 $9,858,425 8 1                               245

As I have emphasized in the last few weeks, analysis of Black Adam’s journey at the box office has to be done keeping in mind the project’s budget. According to Variety, it took a reported production budget of $195 million to bring the DC Comics property to life, and that notably doesn’t include costs for marketing, publicity, and development. The blockbuster has had a mountain to climb in the accounting department since it was first released in mid-October… and only now are the numbers are starting to look a bit rosier.

It can’t be said that Black Adam is doing particularly well domestically. It’s now ranked in the Top 10 releases of 2022, but achieving that ranking meant pushing past Jordan Peele’s Nope, which is a film that was made with a budget about a third the size of the Dwayne Johnson tentpole release. To date, per The Numbers, the movie has made $137.4 million in the United States and Canada, which means that it is at minimum $200 million away from accompanying this year’s other major superhero movies on the chart (Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love And Thunder made $343.3 million; Matt Reeves’ The Batman made $369.3 million; and Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness made $411.3 million).
Black Adam is still far away from those titles in the worldwide box office rankings as well, but at the very least the numbers look better when put in context with the budget. Thanks to the global earnings from ticket sales this past weekend, the movie has now made $319.7 million to date.

Black Adam’s ticket sales are surely going to plummet next weekend, as almost the entirety of its target audience is going to be purchasing tickets to see Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and it probably means that the movie is going to go down in the books as a financial disappointment for Warner Bros. There is, however, a silver lining to be observed, which is that it may still have set the table for a more positive future.

Source : Eric Eisenberg (cinemablend) 

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