Warner’s ‘Black Adam’ Hits Sluggish Weekend Box Office With $18.5 Million Punch

Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics superhero movie Black Adam delivered a projected $18.5 million punch to another slow box office, to up its global take to $250 million after three weekends. While the result counts as another win for Warner, fiscally conservative corporate parent Warner Bros. Discovery has to be second-guessing the movie’s reported $195 million production budget.

And with Disney/Marvel Studios’ bowing sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Nov. 11, Black Adam’s window of opportunity could be closing. Regardless, the movie easily topped Crunchyroll’s anime musical One Piece Film: Red, which is set to generate almost $10 million in its North American debut. The movie has already topped $141 million in global ticket sales since its Aug. 6 bow in Japan.

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Rounding out the podium is Universal Pictures’ adult romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise, with an estimated $8.5 million in in ticket sales through its third weekend of release. The Julia Roberts/George Clooney movie has topped $137 million in global ticket sales, including more than $46 million across North American screens — strong numbers for a movie with a reported $60 million production budget.

Finally, Halloween might be over, but moviegoers still covet the horror genre. Paramount Pictures’ Smile topped $200 million at the global box office after six weeks in release. The low-budget film has to-date grossed more than $99.1 million domestically and more than $103.8 million internationally for worldwide tally of $202.9 million. 

Lionsgate’s Prey for the Devil took in an estimated $3.9 million this weekend. Through Sunday, the film will gross an estimated total of $13.6 million at the box office. The film held strong from last week (down only 46%) and was up better than projected (+49%) from Friday, grossing an estimated $1.7 million yesterday (off only -31% from Oct. 29) and finishing fifth overall in the domestic marketplace on Saturday.

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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