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    ‘Black Adam’ takes top spot at box office again

    Lindsey Bahr

    AP – Black Adam, the Dwayne Johnson-fronted DC superhero film, kept its hold on the number one spot at the North American box office in its second weekend in theaters.

    Down 59 per cent from its launch, and facing little new competition, Black Adam added USD27.7 million in ticket sales, bringing its domestic total to USD111.1 million, according to studio estimates on 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 USD250 million worldwide. The Warner Bros film carried a hefty price tag of USD200 million, not including marketing and promotion costs, and a sequel has not been officially greenlit.

    But big changes are afoot at DC – the studio just announced a new leadership team of Peter Safran and James Gunn, whose love for propping up little-known comic book characters is well-documented.

    And on Sunday, Johnson posted a note to his 344 million Instagram followers about the end of the world press tour, thanking those who worked behind the scenes to launch “our NEW DC FRANCHISE known as BLACK ADAM“.

    ABOVE & BELOW: Dwayne Johnson in a scene from ‘Black Adam’; and George Clooney and Julia Roberts in ‘Ticket to Paradise’. PHOTOS: AP

    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 per cent in weekend two to claim second place.

    The genre has not been the most reliable bet at the box office lately, but the star power of Roberts and Clooney is proving hard to resist.

    Ticket to Paradise added USD10 million from 3,692 North American theatres, bringing its domestic total to USD33.7 million. Globally, it’s grossed USD119.4 million to date.

    Horror movies, meanwhile, claimed spots three through five on the weekend before Halloween.

    Lionsgate’s Prey for the Devil opened in third place with USD7 million from 2,980 theatres.

    Paramount’s Smile took fourth place in its fifth weekend with another USD5.1 million, bringing its domestic total to USD92.4 million (on a USD17 million budget), while Halloween Ends landed in fifth place in its third weekend with USD3.8 million. Ends, which has grossed USD60.3 million in North America, was released simultaneously on NBC Universal’s streaming service Peacock.

    “This is just another mandate in favour of horror,” said Comscore’s senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “It’s not just about being in October, horror movies have played well throughout the pandemic. It’s a genre that continues to kill it at the box office time and again.”

    Chinonye Chukwu’s Mamie Till-Mobley film Till went wide this weekend, adding USD2.8 million from 2,058 locations to take seventh place.

    Boasting a 98 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, the United Artists Releasing film has gotten good word of mouth with much of it centred on Danielle Deadwyler’s performance.

    This weekend also saw the expansion of several notable films, like Todd Field’s Tár, which expanded to 1,087 theatres nationwide where it grossed USD1 million and landed in 10th place.

    Cate Blanchett’s performance as a renowned composer and conductor won her a top acting prize from the Venice Film Festival last month.

    Another Venice-winner, The Banshees of Inisherin widened to 58 theatres and 12 new markets over the weekend. The Martin McDonagh film starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson earned USD540,000.

    Charlotte Wells’ Aftersun expanded to 17 locations where it earned USD75,242, bringing its cumulative grosses to USD166,030. The A24-released father-daughter film will continue to expand throughout awards season.

    James Gray’s Armageddon Time opened in six theatres in New York and Los Angeles, to USD72,000.

    Gray mined his own childhood to tell the story about an 11-year-old in Queens in the fall of 1980.

    The film, which premiered at Cannes earlier this year, stars Banks Repeta, Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong and Anthony Hopkins.

    But as far as blockbusters are concerned, things will be somewhat slow-going until Black Panther: Wakanda Forever arrives on November 11.

    “That’ll get the box office going again in a way that feels more like summer,” Dergarabedian said.

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