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Box Office: ‘Black Adam’ Blasts To The Top

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Weekend box office information is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.

Warner Bros. and New Line’s Black Adam took first place at the box office this weekend with an estimated start of $67.00 million. The Jaume Collet-Serra directed comic book adaptation starring Dwayne Johnson opened just ahead of consensus expectations, which had tended to range from $60 million to $65 million heading into the weekend. Black Adam delivered the largest opening weekend ever for a Dwayne Johnson vehicle and represented the fifth largest opening weekend ever for the month of October. In comparison to other previous DC Extended Universe films, Black Adam opened 25.2 percent higher than the $53.51 million start of 2019s Shazam! and nearly on par with the $67.87 million launch of 2018’s Aquaman (not including the earlier sneak previews for both Shazam! and Aquaman). It was especially important for Black Adam to get off to a good start this weekend given the expensive price-tag of the film and that Disney’s highly anticipated Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens on November 11. Black Adam also features also features Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, Quintessa Swindell and Pierce Brosnan as members of the Justice Society of America (JSA).

Black Adam started out with $26.7 million on Friday (which included an estimated $7.6 million form Thursday previews shows that began at 3PM), declined just 11.2 percent on Saturday to take in $23.7 million and is estimated to decrease 30.0 percent on Sunday to gross $16.6 million. With an estimated opening weekend to preview grosses ratio of 8.82 to 1, Black Adam is displaying strong initial holding power for a comic book adaptation. That is partially a sign of the film going over well with audiences thus far, but also due in part to the film playing just as much (if not more so) as a Dwayne Johnson vehicle than as a high-profile superhero film (films starring Johnson tend to be more back-loaded than superhero fare). The film’s solid B+ CinemaScore and healthy 90 percent Verified Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes also point towards Black Adam going over well with audiences (and the film going over far better with audiences than it has with critics). It’s wasn’t a surprise to see Black Adam be largely critic-proof this weekend, but whether or not the film’s mostly negative critic reviews have an effect after this weekend remains to be seen. The audience breakdown for Black Adam skewed 65 percent male, 35 percent female, 66 percent over the age of 25 and 33 percent under 25.

Black Adam grossed an estimated $6.3 million from domestic IMAX screens this weekend, which represented 9.4 percent of this weekend’s overall domestic gross. All premium formats (including IMAX) represented 33 percent of this weekend’s overall domestic gross for Black Adam.

Internationally, Black Adam started out with an estimated $73.0 million from 76 international markets. That places the film’s global launch at $140.0 million. Estimated international debuts for Black Adam this weekend included $6.1 million in the United Kingdom, $5.3 million in Mexico, $4.9 million in Brazil, $4.7 million in Australia, $3.7 million in France, $3.4million in India, $3.1 million in South Korea, $2.9 million in Indonesia and $2.8 million in Germany. Black Adam grossed an estimated $4.5 million from international IMAX screens this weekend, for a global IMAX start of $10.8 million.

Universal’s Ticket to Paradise debuted in second place this weekend with an estimated $16.34 million. The Ol Parker directed romantic comedy starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts was off to a solid start this weekend and opened just ahead of consensus expectations, which had tended to range from $12 million to $15 million heading into the weekend. Ticket to Paradise was obviously driven largely on the re-teaming of Clooney and Roberts. Unsurprisingly, Ticket to Paradise skewed very heavily towards older moviegoers, as 82 percent of the film’s audience was over the age of 25 (with 64 percent of the film’s audience being over the age of 35). The film’s older skewing audience could help with holding power going forward and Ticket to Paradise also looks to be going over well with audiences as the film received a healthy A- rating on CinemaScore and currently has an 88 percent Verified Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes. Critical reviews for Ticket to Paradise have been mixed, so much like Black AdamTicket to Paradise looks to be going over significantly better with audiences than it has with critics. Don’t be surprised to see Ticket to Paradise hold up well in the weeks ahead.

Domestic buzz surrounding Ticket to Paradise may have also been strengthened by the film having already played several weeks internationally. This weekend Ticket to Paradise grossed an estimated $4.8 million internationally from 78 international markets. That brings the film’s international total to $80.3 million and current global haul to $96.6 million. International totals for Ticket to Paradise by market through Sunday include $9.8 million in Australia, $9.4 million in Germany and $9.4 million in the United Kingdom.

Paramount’s Smile continued to impress this weekend with an estimated third place take of $8.35 million. That was down one spot and a very solid 33.5 percent from last weekend. This weekend’s hold was also more impressive than it looks given that there was a significant amount of audience overlap between Smile and Black Adam. The 24-day domestic total for Smile stands at a significantly stronger than expected $84.31 million. Smile could be in store for an especially strong hold next weekend with the frame serving as Halloween weekend. Internationally, Smile grossed an estimated $10.0 million this weekend from 61 international markets. Respective totals for Smile stand at $82.0 million internationally and $166.3 million globally.

Meanwhile, Universal’s Halloween Ends tumbled three spots and 80.0 percent from last weekend’s first place debut to land in fourth with an estimated $8.00 million. The second weekend decline of Halloween Ends nearly matched the 80.4 percent second weekend decline of 2009’s Friday the 13th (which represents the largest ever second weekend percentage decline for a film coming off of an opening weekend of at least $5 million). Built-in front-loading, poor critical reviews, mixed word of mouth, day-and-date release, the loss of IMAX screens and audience overlap with Black Adam all combined to take a significant toll on Halloween Ends this weekend. At the same time, the $54.18 million ten-day start for Halloween Ends is still respectable with the film’s price-tag in mind. Internationally, Halloween Ends grossed an estimated $6.2 million this weekend from 75 international markets. That brings the film’s international total to $27.8 million and current global haul to $82.0 million.

Sony releases Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile and The Woman King both look to have taken a hit from this weekend’s new releases, as Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile declined 42.9 percent to take in an estimated $4.20 million, while The Woman King was down a sizable 48.7 percent to gross an estimated $1.90 million. Respective domestic totals stand at $62.86 million for The Woman King through 38 days and at $28.71 million for Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile through 17 days. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile grossed an estimated $4.0 million internationally this weekend, which brings the film’s international total to $8.4 million and global total to $37.1 million. The Woman King grossed an estimated $2.0 million internationally this weekend, which brings the film’s international total to $20.0 million and global total to $82.9 million.

Iconic Events Releasing, Cinedigm and Bloody Disgusting’s Terrifier 2 continued to build momentum this weekend by grossing an estimated $1.90 million from 755 locations. The Damien Leone directed unrated horror film was up a terrific 83.9 percent over last weekend (and that was with the film playing in only 55 more locations this weekend than it did last weekend). The low-budget Terrifier 2 is clearly becoming a word of mouth driven phenomenon and has now grossed $5.26 million through 18 days of moderate / semi-wide release. With a very solid per-location average of $2,511 this weekend and the upcoming Halloween holiday frame; Terrifier 2 is likely to have another strong hold next weekend (depending on whether the event release holds onto screens).

On the platform front, Disney and Searchlight’s The Banshees of Inisherin was off to a promising start this weekend with an estimated $181,000 from 4 locations in New York and Los Angeles, for a per-location average of $45,250 for the frame. The critically acclaimed Martin McDonagh directed film stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. The Banshees of Inisherin will receive expansions each of the next two weekends, with the film playing in approximately 50 locations beginning this coming Friday (October 28) and in an estimated 600 to 800 locations beginning the following Friday (November 4). This weekend also saw The Banshees of Inisherin debut with an estimated $1.6 million in the United Kingdom to take second place in the market for the frame (behind only Black Adam).

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