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Black Adam Box Office Hits $100M Faster Than Any DCEU Movie Since Aquaman

Black Adam raises $27.7 million in its second weekend, crossing the $100 million mark faster than almost any recent DCEU movie.


In its second weekend at the domestic box office, Black Adam has already crossed the $100 million mark. Black Adam is the latest DCEU movie to be released on October 21. The film, in which star Dwayne Johnson is reunited with Jungle Cruise Director Jaume Collet-Serra follows the origin story of the titular anti-hero, a former slave from Kahndaq who gains divine powers and is released from captivity after 5,000 years. In modern times, he encounters the Justice Society of America, which includes Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell), and Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo).

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Black Adam had a solid opening weekend, taking the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office with a gross of $67 million. This was the best opening weekend for any movie in the franchise since Aquarius in 2018. It was also the best opening weekend for any movie starring The Rock.

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Per Variety, Black Adam took in another $27.7 million this weekend, bringing the domestic total to $111 million. While this reflects a 59% drop between week one and week two, this kind of box office doldrums isn’t uncommon during the generally slow Halloween weekend. Plus, this shot was still enough for the film to maintain its No. 1 position for the weekend, beating out the new wide-release horror film. Prey for the devilwhich debuted at #3.


How Black Adam Compares to Other Recent DCEU Movies

After Aquariusstrong opening, it went on to make more than $1 billion worldwide, a path that Black Adam could follow. However, there is still a long way to go to make that happen. Right now things are looking good, as the opening weekend surpassed DCEU pandemic-era releases, including: The Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman 1984, as well as recent pre-pandemic movies like the one from 2020 Birds of prey and 2019 Shazam!. From those movies, only Shazam! made over $100 million at the domestic box office across its run, and it took three weeks in theaters to exceed that goal.

Aquarius also took two weeks to cross $100 million, but it needed an extra boost from the long Christmas weekend, meaning Black Adam could potentially be on track to surpass that film’s record performance. Another boost is the fact that the only broad release competition next weekend is the less buzzy Armageddon time, making the film an easy way to another #1 weekend. However, the following weekend will be Marvel’s release Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverwhich will be a huge roadblock for the movie drawing to a new audience beyond that point, so it remains to be seen how high it can climb.

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Source: Variety

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