Consider this weekend the calm before the storm.
“black adam,” a comic book adventure starring Dwayne Johnson, topped the box office for the third straight weekend with $18.5 million in North American ticket sales. It’s been another quiet time in theaters as theater operators eagerly await Marvel’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” which seeks to reinvigorate the lackluster fall box office when it opens Nov. 11.
After three weeks of release, “Black Adam” has grossed $137.3 million and $319 million worldwide. It’s a solid result, one that improves considerably over another recent DC spin-off, 2021’s ‘The Suicide Squad’ (which raked in $168 million worldwide while simultaneously playing on HBO Max in North America) and it will soon surpass 2019’s Shazam” (which earned 366 million worldwide). However, the latest standalone superhero story from Warner Bros. still has some way to go to justify its massive $195 million production budget.
In second place, a new animated film titled “One Piece Film Red” collected $9.475 million from 2,367 North American theaters. It’s another modest win for Crunchyroll, a specialty anime label, after recent anime releases like “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero” ($38 million domestically) and “Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie” ($34 million domestically). Since these movies have relatively low production and marketing budgets, they don’t need to break box office records to rationalize their prices.
“Sony-owned Crunchyroll has built a hugely successful business for its Japanese anime,” says David A. Gross, who runs film consultancy Franchise Entertainment Research. “It’s impressive.”
“Ticket to Paradise,” a romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney, landed in third place with $8.5 million from 4,066 theaters, dropping just 14% in its third weekend. The film has grossed $46.7 million to date and is looking to continue its crowd-pleasing run through the rest of the fall. Despite the challenges romantic comedies face at the box office, “Ticket to Paradise” managed to defy expectations (thanks, of course, to the combined charm of Roberts and Clooney) with $90.4 million at the box office. international and $137 million worldwide. Universal spent $60 million on the film.
At No. 4, Paramount’s surprise hit “Smile” grossed $4 million from 3,046 theaters, bringing its domestic total to $99 million. As the psychological horror flick approaches the $100 million mark in North America, “Smile” has crossed the $200 million mark worldwide – a stellar tally for a $17 million budget film. dollars.
Lionsgate’s supernatural thriller “Prey for the Devil” rounded out the top five with $3.87 million from 2,980 locations, up 48% since its debut. Through Sunday, the low-budget film has grossed $13.64 million.
Outside of the top five, slasher flick “Terrifier 2” continued to impress, landing in 10th place with $1.2 million from 1,245 theaters over the weekend. The independent film, produced by Bloody Disgusting and distributed by Iconic Releasing, is already hugely profitable as it grossed $9.8 million on its $250,000 budget.
Overall, the box office grossed $59.4 million over the weekend, according to Comscore. Even with the surprise success of “Smile” and better-than-expected turnouts for “Black Adam” and “Ticket to Paradise,” theater owners need a blockbuster (or two) to get them through the winter. . “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the sequel to the billion-dollar smash, is expected to deliver the goods, with box office pundits predicting an opening weekend between $175 million and $200 million.
“Next weekend,” says Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research, “business is back in world-class form with the opening of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”