Warner’s ‘Black Adam’ Takes on Anime at Weekend Box Office

With no major new theatrical releases (until next weekend’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics’ superhero movie Black Adam would appear a lock to claim its third straight weekend box office through Nov. 6. The Dwayne Johnson actioner has generated more than $256 million at the global box office, including $117.2 million in North America. The movie is projected to sell another $15 million worth of tickets this weekend.

A possible challenge to Adam is Crunchyroll’s anime theatrical release One Piece Film: Red, the latest quirky movie title only anime moviegoers would seem to appreciate. And that’s a lot of people. The movie has already generated $129.5 million in revenue internationally — the bulk coming from the anime-crazy Japanese market. With strong social media buzz, critical praise, and distribution across more than 2,900 North American screens, Red is projected to generate around $10 million in revenue in its North American debut. The movie generated $1.8 million in Thursday preview screenings.

Rounding out the top five theatrical titles playing, includes successful romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise, the Julia Roberts, George Clooney film projected to add more than $7 million to a global haul exceeding $124 million since its Sept. 8 European/Latin America debut.

Horror movie holdovers include Paramount Pictures’ unstoppable Smile, which is approaching $200 million in global ticket sales, including $100 million in North America. Lionsgate’s Prey for the Devil is expected to add more than $3 million to a box office that tops $13.5 million worldwide. And Universal Pictures’ Halloween Ends never does, with a projected $1.8 million in new ticket sales despite concurrently streaming for free on Peacock Premium since its theatrical debut.

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Warner’s ‘Black Adam’ Takes Second Weekend Box Office with $27.7 Million

Warner Bros. Pictures’ anti-superhero movie Black Adam continued its box office supremacy, generating an estimated $27.7 million in ticket sales through Oct. 30. The DC Comics-based movie starring Dwayne Johnson in the title role now reportedly tops $111 million in North America after two weekends, and $250 million worldwide.

In the runner-up position for the second weekend was Universal Pictures’ romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise, starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney, with a projected $10 million in revenue, $33.7 million in North American revenue, and $119 million globally.

Lionsgate’s new release, religious-based thriller Prey for the Devil, opened with an estimated $7 million across almost 3,000 North American screens.

Befitting the Halloween weekend, several other horror-themed movies resonated among moviegoers, including Paramount Pictures’ sleeper hit Smile with $5 million in ticket sales to push its North American tally past $92 million and $176 million globally.

Universal’s Halloween Ends is set to sell another $3.8 million worth of tickets to bring its North American tally to $60 million, $90 million globally. The movie has been streaming for free to Peacock Premium subscribers since its theatrical debut.

Finally, Cinedigm’s low-budget slasher film Terrifier 2, which is distributed through the home entertainment company’s Bloody Disgusting business unit, added another $1.8 million in revenue across 1,550 screens to up its tally past $7.6 million. The movie was reportedly produced for $250,000.

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Warner’s ‘Black Adam’ Expected to Repeat as Weekend Box Office Superhero

With little new competition, Warner Bros. Pictures’ anti-superhero movie Black Adam is projected to again rule the weekend box office through Oct. 30. Starring Dwayne Johnson in the title role, the DC Comics-based movie topped $67 million in its weekend debut and is expected to generate less than half of that amount this weekend.

The movie, which has generated $156.2 million in worldwide ticket sales, including more than $80 million in North America, is the first of many DC-based titles Warner plans to release in the future as it stakes much of its theatrical outlook on comic book superheroes.

Separately, Universal Pictures’ romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise, co-starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney, is also expected to again finish runner-up with $10 million in revenue. The movie has already topped $104 million worldwide (including $22 million domestically), underscoring the international appeal of its stars.

Lionsgate’s new release, Prey for the Devil, is estimated to bring in less than $8 million in revenue across about 2,900 screens.

Other returning box office releases include Paramount Pictures’ enduring horror film Smile, with projected additional ticket sales of more than $6 million. The low budget sleeper has generated almost $170 million globally, including $87 million domestically after four weeks of release.

Universal’s Halloween Ends is projected to sell more than $4 million worth of tickets, as the third and reportedly final film in the reboot series with Jamie Lee Curtis playing Laurie Strode in her endless battles with sociopath killer Michael Myers tries to break $100 million in global revenue.

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Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘Black Adam’ Set to Jumpstart Fall Box Office

Warner Bros. Discovery is staking much of namesake Warner Bros. Pictures’ future around DC Comics superheroes, including this weekend’s launch of supervillain/antihero Black Adam, starring Dwayne Johnson. The weekend presents the studio’s first major theatrical release since the July 29 debut of DC League of Super-Pets, and The Batman on March 4. Those two movies generated almost a combined $1 billion in global ticket sales.

Black Adam is expected to generate less than half of The Batman’s $134 million opening weekend box office, which would still be a shot in the arm to the anemic North American exhibition business. The film tallied $7.6 million in Thursday special screening revenue.

Warner is rolling out the movie globally across 76 markets, suggesting Black Adam could top $100 million in worldwide ticket sales, which would be a record for Johnson, whose previous top-grossing theatrical debut was Hobbs & Shaw in 2019 with $60 million.

Universal Pictures is debuting Ticket to Paradise, a romantic comedy starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts. The title, which is targeting older female moviegoers, has already generated $75 million in international ticket sales, indicating it could stay in theaters well past the 17-day limit Universal is imposing on non-box office hits.

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Theatrical holdovers include the previous weekend’s No. 1, Halloween Ends, which is projected to finish behind Paramount Pictures’ enduring sleeper hit Smile ($10.3 million) with $9.9 million in expected revenue. The movie is also streaming for free on Peacock Premium (subscription required).

Sony/Columbia Pictures’ family film Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile ($5.6 million), the studio period actioner The Woman King ($2.4 million), Focus Features’ Oscar favorite Tár ($2 million) and 20th Century Studios’ Amsterdam ($1.1 million) round out the top weekend holdovers.