Box office: ‘Black Adam’ opens at the top, ‘Ticket to Paradise’ second

The hierarchy of power at the box office is about to change. Warner Bros. “Black Adam” is looking forward to taking first place on the domestic charts, ahead of the new release “Ticket to Paradise”.

Dwayne Johnson landed $26.8 million on opening day, including $7.6 million in Thursday previews. The DC Comics version premieres at 4,402 locations in North America.

Some competitors expect the DC Comics adaptation to total $62.2 million in its opening weekend, marking the first wide release to debut above $50 million since Disney’s Thor: Love and Thunder bowed out to $144 million in July. Going to the movies has slowed down considerably since the busy, auspicious summer season, and theaters have been clamoring for a new movie that shocks some traffic like Black Adam.

With a production budget of $195 million, box office success is required to turn a profit.

Produced by New Line Cinema, Seven Bucks Productions, Flynn Picture Company, and DC Films, Black Adam follows a god-like being who awakens again 5,000 years later and is truly disturbed. The Justice Society of America tries to calm his nerves. Along with Johnson’s antagonist, the film’s cast also includes Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher and Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone.

‘Black Adam’ received largely dismissive reviews, with diversePeter Debruge wrote that “a surprisingly serious project (but still a lot of pulp) deprives Johnson of his greatest superpower – his sense of humor – while now giving the straight star an opportunity to play a character with some interesting contrasts.”

On the other hand, “Ticket to Paradise” is a rom-com starring Roberts and Clooney as ex-parties who have to reconcile when they discover that their daughter (Kaitlyn Dever) is planning to marry someone they just met. It’s already been a hit overseas, making $72.6 million so far.

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