Dwayne Johnson’s DC movie is off to a strong start, as Black Adam’s opening night box office is the best for a DCEU movie since Aquaman in 2018.
Black AdamThe box office is off to a great start as the opening night is the best for a DC Extended Universe movie since 2018 Aquarius. Dwayne Johnson has spent the past decade trying to join the DCEU as Black Adam, a powerful anti-hero. The original plans for Black Adam become Shazam!‘s villain were scrapped in favor of The Rock headlining a solo Black Adam movie. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, the film focuses on what happens when Black Adam is reawakened in the present, encounters the Justice Society, and fights to protect his homeland of Kahndaq. Black Adam has received mixed reviews upon its release.
Ever since Black Adam intended to be part of a new era for the DCEU, there is a lot of focus on how well the film will succeed. Early projections for the film had Dwayne Johnson’s superhero generate a $70 million opening weekend. This would continue to be a strong year for DC at the box office since the batter earned $128 million in its opening weekend. However, the forecasts for Black AdamThe box office has since dropped a bit with expectations adjusting to a $50-$60 million opening. This comes despite Dwayne Johnson doing everything he can to generate more buzz, including teasing Black Adam‘s post-credits scene and the main events that unfold.
The first cash register report for Black Adam is in, if Forbes shared the news that the film made $7.6 million domestically in its opening night previews on Thursday. Black AdamThe opening night box office has been the best for a DCEU movie ever since Aquariuswhich earned an opening night of $9 million and had an opening weekend of $70 million in December 2018. For the record, the batter and joker are not DCEU movies and opened much higher. Black Adamopening night is better than Shazam! ($5.9 million), Birds of prey ($4 million), and The Suicide Squad ($4.1 million). Warner Bros. did not report Wonder Woman 1984opening night box office during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Can Black Adam Match Aquaman’s Box Office?
The Rock’s movie should open on par with Aquarius domestically, which earned a total of $335 million during its domestic run, becoming the only DCEU film to exceed $1 billion worldwide. Black Adam matching AquariusThe height of the box office would be the best screenplay for the film and a clear sign from the audience that they are excited about the direction of the DCEU. Jason Momoa’s solo film fared better with critics, but The Rock’s film seems to be getting better reception with the general public. There is a good three week stretch before Black Adam to dominate the box office domestically if it can continue this strong start.
It is not expected that Black Adam will be another $1 billion DCEU hit like Aquarius, but no one predicted such a big take for Jason Momoa’s 2018 film. Dwayne Johnson is a bigger box office star, and his films have repeatedly surpassed financially. However, it would take a huge effort from Black Adam international for Aquariusheights to be reached. if Black Adam exceeding expectations and collecting a huge amount of cash registers, Dwayne Johnson would really change the hierarchy of the DCEU.
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