Black Adam maintained its dominance throughout the second weekend, earning an impressive $250 million (about Rs. 2,059 crores) worldwide. The Dwayne Johnson-starring movie debuted last week with $140 million (about Rs. 1,153 crores), a 45 percent dip in revenue typical for superhero movies. Black Adam reportedly had a $195 million (about Rs. 1,606 crores) production budget, so it’s not challenging to picture Warner Bros. Discovery expects higher numbers. Particularly in light of the internet-smashing post-credits sequence announcing Henry Cavill’s comeback as Superman.
Johnson’s career-best theatrical opening as a solo/lead star was achieved with the most recent DC Comics movie. Disney’s Jungle Cruise, his most recent collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra, brought in $221 million (about Rs. 1,820 crores) globally.
Aside from that, Black Adam had the strongest start of any movie in the DC brand since James Wan’s Aquaman, which debuted at $261.3 million (about Rs. 2,152 crores) in its opening weekend. The movie has allegedly made over Rs. 40 crores in India, exceeding Top Gun: Maverick’s total earnings. The Tom Cruise-starring movie had the most extraordinary global box office take this year, earning $1.485 billion (about Rs. 12,239 crores).
According to Deadline, Black Adam was number one in 60 foreign territories, including Brazil, Mexico, Taiwan, France, Germany, Spain, the UK, Australia, and Indonesia. Before the November 11 release of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the movie has one more weekend to continue to dominate the box office.
The most recent film in the DC Extended Universe generated $67 million (about Rs. 554 crores) in the US during its opening weekend, easily beating Shazam!, a comic book foe, which debuted at $53.5 million (about Rs. 442 crores). Johnson was supposed to be in the 2017 David F. Sandberg movie, but plans were revised when the latter pushed for a standalone origin tale.
Although reviewers gave Black Adam a mixed bag of reviews, moviegoers appear to be loving it, as seen by the movie review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes. As of this writing, the audience rating is 90, but the reviewer consensus is at 39%. Black Adam has done well for a comic book character that few people are familiar with, even pushing through the COVID-19 pandemic-induced delays. The film was initially eyeing a 2021 release and would need to collect around $400 million (about Rs. 3,297 crores) to break even. Not a hard reach, given Johnson’s global stardom.
Black Adam is now showing in Indian theatres, in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.