Red narrowly beats Black Adam at Friday box office – CNET – ApparelGeek

As Crunchyroll’s anime release One Piece Movie: Red won a hotly contested run at the box office on Friday just by a hair, the superhero flick from Warner Bros. and DC Films black adam is expected to outpace the weekend by a considerable margin. The Dwayne JohnsonThe fronted action film has been dominating the box office for two weeks and aims to surpass $135 million domestically by Sunday.

That’s an average result for a film that would have cost over $195 million to produce, minus marketing, and will face an existential threat in exactly one week with Disney’s highly anticipated arrival. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Whereas black adam made $4.7 million on the third Friday, came in about $100,000 less than the Japanese import One Piece Movie: Red — the 15th feature film in a legendary franchise that also includes a television series that began over two decades ago and has aired over 1,000 episodes.

The success of the specialized version (no doubt helped by premium pricing in large-format theaters) continues a hot streak for anime titles at the domestic box office, following back-to-back successes Dragon Ball Super: Super heroes earlier this year, and Jujutsu Kaisen 0 in 2021. Both of these films admittedly opened to about twice as much as one piece filmslated $10.3 million for its three-day debut, after a $4.8 million Friday (including $1.7 million from Thursday previews). The film is playing in Japanese with subtitles and dubbed into English in nearly 2,400 North American theaters. black adam is expected to hit $17 million in its third weekend.

Dwayne Johnson as Teth-Adam aka Black Adam in Black Adam in 2022
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Claiming third place in its third weekend, Universal’s ticket to paradise recorded $2.5 million on Friday for an estimated $7 million weekend. Featuring julia robert and George Clooney as a warring divorced couple forced to reunite for their daughter’s sudden wedding, the romantic comedy is a bona fide hit grossing over $130 million worldwide and nearly $45 million in the United States. Likewise, Paramount’s horror hit Smile maintained its hold on fourth place on its sixth Friday, with $1.1 million. The film’s running domestic total now stands at over $96 million, and a finish of over $100 million is a given – a terrific result for a cleverly marketed horror film that cost $17 million. dollars and will likely gross over $200 million worldwide once the dust settles.

It was curtains for Universal’s Halloween ends, which slipped out of the top five with $400,000 on its fourth Friday, bringing its running national total to over $62 million. The top five was instead rounded out with another horror release, last week. prey for the devilwhich added $800,000 on the second Friday for an estimated sophomore weekend of $2.6 million and a running national total of around $12 million.

Overall, business was expected to be muted this weekend as studios set the stage for next week. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which is expected to deliver one of the best openings of the year. You can watch our interview with wakanda forever director Ryan Coogler here, and stay tuned to GameSpot for more updates.