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Black Adam Challenges the ‘Hierarchy of Power’ With a $140 Million Global Weekend Box Office Victory

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While it remains to be seen what his true impact on the DCEU will be, Dwayne Johnson has, as he has been saying for a long time now, challenged the “hierarchy of power” at the movies with Black Adam and its strong $140 million global weekend box office victory.

As reported by Box Office Mojo, Black Adam earned $67 million at the domestic box office and another $73 million overseas for a total of $140 million. This was enough to pass Shazam!’s $53.5 million opening and fall right beside Aquaman’s $67.8 million.

Black Adam cost $195 million to produce before marketing, so it still has a bit of a way to go to recoup its costs. One milestone it has accomplished, however, is becoming Johnson’s best opening aside from The Mummy Returns’ $68.1 million and various Fast & Furious films. As a leading star in a film, this is the best opening he’s had.

In our Black Adam review, we said that it “overindulges to the point where it’s hard to enjoy the DC anti-hero’s debut. It’s packed with undeveloped characters and an excessive number of repetitive action scenes, to the point where its half-baked debate on what it means to be a hero is lost in all the noise.”

Ticket to Paradise, the weekend’s other new film, took second place with a global opening of $96.6 million. The film starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney brought in $16.3 million domestically and $80.2 million internationally.

Smile took third place with $8.3 million and was followed by Halloween Ends’ $8 million and Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile’s $4.2 million.

For more on Black Adam, check out our explainer of the ending, what that cameo means for the DCEU, and our deep dive into the history of Sabbac.


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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for . You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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