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.

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