‘Black Adam’ tops box office again on quiet weekend | ap entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — On a quiet weekend in theaters ahead of the forthcoming release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Warner Bros.’ According to Sunday studio estimates, “Black Adam” topped the box office for the third consecutive weekend with box office sales of $18.5 million.

“Black Adam,” Dwayne Johnson’s bid to launch DC Films’ New Superpower, has surpassed $300 million worldwide in three weeks of release, including a domestic total of $137.4 million. This makes the $195 million film the third film this year to top three consecutive weeks at the box office — on a path to likely surpass the $366 million that “Shazam!” grossed in 2019. but less certain of making a profit on its theatrical release.

When Walt Disney Co.’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters on Thursday, expect one of the biggest opening weekends of the year. Ryan Coogler’s original debuted in US and Canadian theaters in 2018 with more than $200 million, and forecasts suggest it could open for around $175 million.

With the upcoming Wakanda Forever, only one new film has opened in wide release: 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. Although not as strong as the premieres of Crunchyroll’s Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, which grossed $21.1 million in August, or Funimation’s Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie, which grossed $18 million in March , “Red” showed once again that anime is proving to be an unusually reliable magnet in North American theaters. The 15th film in the franchise but the first to receive widespread distribution in the US, “Red” attracted a particularly young audience, with approximately 75% of ticket buyers between the ages of 18-34.

Third place went to “Ticket to Paradise,” the romantic comedy directed by George Clooney and Julia Roberts. The Universal Pictures release raised $8.5 million in its third weekend, bringing the total for the $60 million rom-com to $46.7 million domestically and $137.2 million domestically. brings dollars worldwide. For a genre that’s struggled in theaters in recent years, Ticket to Paradise shows staying power, especially as the preferred choice for older audiences.

Though Halloween comes and goes, Paramount Pictures’ “Smile” has continued to hold up well in theaters. In its sixth week of release, the horror film added another $4 million to bring it to a total of $99.1 million.

Some of the year’s best Oscar contenders struggled to make a big impact upon release. James Gray’s Armageddon Time, a coming-of-age story set in 1980s New York, expanded to 1,006 theaters in its second week and grossed $810,000 for Focus Features. Focus’s “Tár,” starring Cate Blanchett as the acclaimed conductor, grossed $670,000 in 1,090 theaters and grossed $3.7 million in five weeks. MGM’s “Till,” about Mamie Till-Mobley’s quest for justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett, added $1.9 million across 2,316 theaters for a four-week gross of $6.6 million.

The best of the series so far has been Searchlight Pictures’ The Banshees of Inisherin, starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as rowing Irish friends. In its third weekend of release, it grossed $3 million from 895 locations, bringing its total to $10.2 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday in US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. The final domestic figures will be released on 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. “The Devil’s Booty,” $3.9 million.

6. “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile,” $3.4 million.

7. “The Banshees of Inisherin,” $2 million.

8. “Until,” $1.9 million.

9. “Halloween End,” $1.4 million.

10. “Terrifier 2”, $1.2 million.

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