‘Black Adam’ stays atop N.America box office


TORONTO, ONTARIO – OCTOBER 13: Dwayne Johnson speaks onstage at the “Black Adam” Rocks Canada fan event at The Rec Room on October 13, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario. Robert Okine/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Robert Okine / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

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Warner Bros.’ film “Black Adam” remained atop competition for the second weekend running, hauling in a modest estimated $27.7 million in North American box office receipts, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

A feature that explores the origin story behind 2019’s “Shazam,” the DC Comics superhero, “Black Adam” stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a former slave bestowed with special powers.

Coming in second for the Friday-through-Sunday period was Universal’s “Ticket to Paradise,” a romantic comedy starring A-list stars George Clooney and Julia Roberts. The flick brought in $10 million.

Horror films, though, scored more broadly at the box office.

“Four of the top 10 movies this weekend are horror films,” said David A. Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research.

“Prey for the Devil,” a Lionsgate flick, was in the number three spot, pulling in $7 million.

“This is an average opening for an original horror film … Reviews are poor,” Gross said.

Two other horror films, Paramount’s “Smile” at fourth and Universal’s “Halloween Ends” at fifth, brought in $5 million and $3.8 million respectively.

Overall, it was not a great weekend for Hollywood, with films earning an estimated $66 million, down from the $100 million from the previous weekend.

Rounding out the top 10 were

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) “Tar” ($1 million)