October 21, 2022
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.
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.