Superheroes Keep Romance at Bay

Horror films follow, setting the stage for Halloween
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 30, 2022 12:10 PM CDT
Black Adam Easily Tops Ticket to Paradise
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Pierce Brosnan, left, and Dwayne Johnson in a scene from "Black Adam."   (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Black Adam, the Dwayne Johnson-fronted DC superhero film, kept its hold on the No. 1 spot at the North American box office in its second weekend in theaters. Down 59% from its launch and facing little new competition, Black Adam added $27.7 million in ticket sales, bringing its domestic total to $111.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Johnson spent a decade trying to bring the character to the big screen and has visions for follow-ups involving Superman. But the future of Black Adam is not written quite yet, though it's earned $250 million worldwide. The Warner Bros. film carried a hefty price tag of $200 million, not including marketing and promotion costs, and a sequel has not been officially greenlit, the AP reports.

Bucking recent romantic comedy trends, moviegoers remained curious about Ticket to Paradise, Universal's Julia Roberts and George Clooney destination romp, which fell only 37% in its second weekend to claim second place. Ticket to Paradise added $10 million from 3,692 North American theaters, bringing its domestic total to $33.7 million. Globally, it's grossed $119.4 million to date. Horror movies claimed spots 3 through 5 on the weekend before Halloween. Lionsgate's Prey for the Devil opened in third place with $7 million from 2,980 theaters. Notably, it is the only of the three horror films that carried a PG-13 rating. The others were R-rated.

Below are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

  1. Black Adam, $27.7 million.
  2. Ticket to Paradise, $10 million.
  3. Prey for the Devil, $7 million.
  4. Smile, $5.1 million.
  5. Halloween Ends, $3.8 million.
  6. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, $2.8 million.
  7. Till, $2.8 million.
  8. Terrifier 2, $1.8 million.
  9. The Woman King, $1.1 million.
  10. Tár, $1 million.

(More box office stories.)

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