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Panned ‘Black Adam’ retains top spot at box office

Critics can't sway moviegoers from DC film

'Black Adam' held the top spot at the U.S. box office for a second straight week.

Greg W. Locke

Whatzup Features Writer

Published November 2, 2022

For the second consecutive weekend, DC’s Black Adam topped the domestic box office, selling another $27 million in ticket sales over the Halloween weekend. 

So far, the new Dwayne Johnson film has sold $111 million in the U.S. and $250 million worldwide, despite getting bad reviews and some pretty awful word-of-mouth. 

This one looks unusually bad to me. Read the synopsis for a laugh: “Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the Egyptian gods, and imprisoned just as quickly, Black Adam is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.” 

Lol. They can’t all be winners.

Also at the box

Ol Parker’s new George Clooney and Julia Roberts rom-com, Ticket to Paradise, took the No. 2 spot at the box office over its second weekend, bringing in another $10 million, upping its 10-day sales total to $33 million. 

I’ll have to admit, I’m a little surprised this one is doing so well. I was under the impression that rom-coms were to live exclusively on streaming services now. I’m not sure if Ticket is any good, but I do love the idea of a rom-com with big-name, no-tights-wearing adult movie stars being released in the fall. 

Horror flick Prey for the Devil took the No. 3 spot with $7 million over its first weekend, while hit horror film Smile took the No. 4 spot with another $5 million. 

Smile made $92 million in the U.S. and $186 million worldwide in 31 days. Not bad. 

Rounding out last weekend’s Top 5 was Halloween Ends, which has been something of a flop by Halloween standards. So far, David Gordon Green’s third Halloween flick has sold just $60 million in the U.S. over three weeks. Oof. Add in foreign market sales and Ends hasn’t even crossed the $100 million mark. 

New this week

What an odd week for releases. 

Armageddon Time will go wide, while several smaller films will see expanded releases, but that’s about it. No huge new release this week. 

The one release that gets me excited is documentary Meet Me in the Bathroom, based on the book of the same name about the indie rock scene that exploded in New York City in the late ’90s/early 2000s. The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Liars, Interpol, LCD Soundsystem, etc. What a time that was. Can’t wait to see this one, I only wish it were four hours long, instead of 105 minutes.


As I scan the Top 25 movies at the box office, I noticed that several of the Oscar bait films are starting to screen, including Armageddon Time, The Banshees of Inisherin, Triangle of Sadness, Tár, Till, and Call Jane

So, in other words, get out to the theater! I’d recommend Triangle and Tár extremely highly. Do it.


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