‘Black Adam’ stays atop North America box office

In this file photo taken on Oct. 12, 2022, Dwayne Johnson arrives for the premiere of “Black Adam” at Times Square in New York City. Image: AFP/Angela Weiss

Warner Bros.’ film “Black Adam” remained atop competition for the second weekend running, hauling in a modest estimated $27.7 million (about P1.61 billion) in North American box office receipts, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday, Oct. 30.

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.

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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 (about P582 million).

Horror films, though, scored more broadly at the box office in the run-up to Halloween.

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“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 No. 3 spot, pulling in $7 million (about P407 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 (about P291 million) and $3.8 million (about P221 million), respectively.

Overall, it was not a great weekend for Hollywood, with films earning an estimated $66 million (about P3.84 billion), down from the $100 million (about P5.82 billion) from the previous weekend.

Rounding out the top 10 were

6) “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” ($2.8 million, about P163 million)

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7) “Till” ($2.8 million, about P163 million)

8) “Terrifier 2” ($1.8 million, about P105 million)

9) “The Woman King” ($1.1 million, about P64 million)

10) “Tar” ($1 million, about P58 million) DC/RA

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