With Black Adam and its strong $140 million global box office victory in the weekend, Dwayne Johnson has – as he has been saying for a long time now – challenged the “hierarchy of power” at the movies.
Approximately $140 million was earned by Black Adam at the domestic box office and $73 million overseas, according to Box Office Mojo. Shazam was overtaken by this number! ‘s $53.5 million opening and falls right behind Aquaman’s $67.8 million opening.
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In terms of production costs, Black Adam cost $195 million before marketing, so recouping its costs remains a challenge. Nevertheless, it is Johnson’s finest opening outside of The Mummy Returns’ $68.1 million and various Fast & Furious films. This is the best opening he has had as a leading actor in a film.
Black Adam, according to our review, overindulges to the point that it is hard to enjoy the DC anti-hero’s debut film. As a result of its undeveloped characters and excessive repetition of action scenes, its half-baked debate about what it means to be a hero is lost in all the noise.
Another new film, Ticket to Paradise, debuted at number two with a worldwide opening of $96.6 million. A domestic total of $16.3 million was earned by the film starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney, while an international total of $80.2 million was earned.
Third place went to Smile with $8.3 million, followed by Halloween Ends with $8 million and Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile with $4.2 million.