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‘Black Adam’ Rejuvenates Warner Bros. Pictures’ Box Office Clout, Beating Expectations

Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC Comics superhero movie Black Adam easily topped the North American box office the weekend of Oct. 21-23, tallying an estimated $67 million in ticket sales across more than 4,300 screens. The biggest debut for a Dwayne Johnson-led movie topped the studio’s projected $62 million in revenue following stronger-than-expected showings on Friday and Saturday. The movie has sold more than $140 million worth of tickets worldwide.

In the No. 2 spot was Universal Pictures’ romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise, co-staring George Clooney and Julia Roberts, which generated a projected $16.3 million in ticket sales across 3,500 screens. The movie has already generated $96 million in worldwide revenue, according to industry reports.

Rounding out the podium was Paramount Pictures’ Smile, which added another $8.3 million in ticket sales to up the horror film’s four-week box office tally above $83 million. That was enough to hold off the previous weekend’s box office champ, Universal Pictures’ Halloween Ends, which tallied just $8 million — an 80% revenue drop from its debut weekend.

The final movie featuring Jamie Lee Curtis playing erstwhile good-girl teenager (now grandmother) Laurie Strode against her eternal nemesis Michael Myers continues to stream for free on Peacock Premium, underscoring naysayers’ concerns about a concurrent theatrical/SVOD release strategy.

Ends has generated more than $54 million in North American revenue and $82 million globally. That contrasts with 2021’s Halloween Kills, which generated $131.6 million in worldwide revenue, including $92 million domestically, while concurrently streaming on Peacock. That movie opened to more than $49 million in North American revenue and lost 70% of its box office over its second weekend.

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