Black Adam Wins in Lull Ahead of Black Panther

Industry expects major opening Thursday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 6, 2022 2:05 PM CST
Black Adam Wins in Lull Ahead of Black Panther
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Sarah Shahi, left, and Mohammed Amer in a scene from "Black Adam."   (Frank Masi/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

On a quiet weekend in movie theaters before the upcoming release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Warner Bros.' Black Adam topped the box office for the third straight weekend with $18.5 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. Black Adam, Dwayne Johnson's bid to launch a new DC Films superpower, has surpassed $300 million globally in three weeks of release, including a domestic tally of $137.4 million, the AP reports. That puts the $195 million-budgeted film—the third film this year to lead the box office three consecutive weeks—on a trajectory to likely surpass the $366 million that Shazam! grossed in 2019 but less certain to notch a profit in its theatrical run.

When Walt Disney Co.'s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever lands in theaters Thursday, it's expected to score one of the biggest opening weekends of the year. Ryan Coogler's original debuted with more than $200 million in US and Canadian theaters in 2018, and forecasts suggest it could open with around $175 million. Only one new film opened in wide release over the weekend: One Piece Film: Red, distributed by Sony Picture's anime division, Crunchyroll. The Japanese anime sequel, part of the One Piece franchise, debuted in second place with $9.5 million. The debut again showed that anime is a dependable draw in North American theaters. It's the 15th film in the franchise but the first to be released widely in the US.

Below are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

  1. Black Adam, $18.5 million.
  2. One Piece Film: Red, $9.5 million.
  3. Ticket to Paradise, $8.5 million.
  4. Smile, $4 million.
  5. Prey for the Devil, $3.9 million.
  6. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, $3.4 million.
  7. The Banshees of Inisherin, $2 million.
  8. Till, $1.9 million.
  9. Halloween End, $1.4 million.
  10. Terrifier 2, $1.2 million.
(More box office stories.)

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