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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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