“Black Adam,” the DC superhero film starring Dwayne Johnson, retained the top spot at the North American box office in its second weekend in theaters. Down 59% since its launch, “Black Adam” added $27.7 million in ticket sales, bringing its domestic total to $111.1 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday.
Johnson spent a decade trying to bring the character to the big screen and has follow-up visions involving Superman. But the future of “Black Adam” is not quite written yet. The Warner Bros movie. featured a hefty $200 million price tag and a sequel has not been officially greenlit.
But big changes are afoot at DC – the studio just announced a new management team consisting of Peter Safran and James Gunn, whose love of supporting little-known comic book characters is well documented. And on Sunday, Johnson posted a note to his 344 million Instagram followers about the end of the World Press Tour, thanking those who worked behind the scenes to launch “our NEW DC FRANCHISE known as BLACK ADAM “.
Going against recent romantic comedy trends, moviegoers have remained curious about “Ticket to Paradise,” the destination of Universal’s Julia Roberts and George Clooney, which fell just 37% over weekend two. to claim second place. The genre hasn’t been the most reliable bet at the box office of late, with movies like “Bros” stumbling through theaters, but Roberts and Clooney’s star power is proving hard to resist. “Ticket to Paradise” added $10 million from 3,692 North American theaters, bringing its domestic total to $33.7 million. Globally, it has grossed $119.4 million to date.
Horror movies, meanwhile, claimed spots three through five the weekend before Halloween Monday. Lionsgate’s “Prey for the Devil” opened in third place with $7 million from 2,980 theaters. Notably, it’s the only one of the three horror films to be rated PG-13. The others were rated R.
Paramount’s “Smile” took fourth place in its fifth weekend with an additional $5.1 million, bringing its domestic total to $92.4 million (on a $17 million budget), while “Halloween Ends” landed in fifth place in its third weekend with $3.8 million. “Ends,” which grossed $60.3 million in North America, was released simultaneously on NBC Universal’s Peacock streaming service.
Chinonye Chukwu’s Mamie Till-Mobley film “Till” went deep this weekend, adding $2.8 million. Boasting a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, the United Artists Releasing film got good word of mouth with much of it centering around Danielle Deadwyler’s performance.
This weekend, James Gray’s “Armageddon Time” hit six theaters in New York and Los Angeles, at $72,000. Gray tapped into his own childhood to tell the story of an 11-year-old in Queens in the fall of 1980. The film, which premiered at Cannes earlier this year, stars Banks Repeta, Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong and Anthony Hopkins.
This weekend also saw the expansion of several notable films, like Todd Field’s “Tár,” which expanded to 1,087 theaters nationwide where it grossed $1 million. Cate Blanchett’s performance as an acclaimed composer and conductor won her the Venice Film Festival’s top acting award last month.
Another Venice winner, “The Banshees of Inisherin” expanded to 58 theaters and 12 new markets over the weekend. Martin McDonagh’s film starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson grossed $540,000. The Searchlight Pictures release will expand to around 800 locations next weekend.
Charlotte Wells’ “Aftersun” expanded to 17 locations where it earned $75,242, bringing its cumulative earnings to $166,030. The father-daughter film released on A24 starring Paul Mescal and Frankie Corio will continue to grow throughout awards season.
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