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'Black Adam' smashes past $250M globally, drops 59% in domestic markets

Even though the numbers are magnificent, 'Black Adam' saw one of the biggest drops in Johnson's career
UPDATED OCT 31, 2022
Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam in a still from 'Black Adam' (Warner Bros)
Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam in a still from 'Black Adam' (Warner Bros)

Dwayne Johnson’s entry in DC Universe is turning out to be a game-changer for DC because ‘Black Adam’ continues to rake in a massive amount of money at the box office. The latest movie in the DC Extended Universe sees Johnson playing the anti-hero comic-book character Black Adam and getting freed up from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.

Over the course of the entire movie, he meets a lot of other superheroes, including the Justice Society of America (JSA) and shows why he is one of the strongest characters in the DC Universe. It seems the audiences love the newest DC movie and once again, claimed the numero uno position at the box office domestically. The film earned over $27.7 million domestically in its second week. According to Indie Wire, the action movie saw a drop of 59% in the second week, making it one of the biggest declines for a movie starring Johnson in the lead role.


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Pierce Brosnan as Kent Nelson/Doctor Fate in 'Black Adam' (IMDb)
Pierce Brosnan as Kent Nelson/Doctor Fate in 'Black Adam' (IMDb)

However, the film went on to cross the $100 million mark at the North American box office and became one of the fastest DCEU movies to cross the aforementioned figure at the box office. The movie finished Sunday with a domestic cume of $111 million. On the other hand, the movie continued to perform strongly in overseas markets and added another $39 million to take the foreign tally to $139 million. This means, the ‘Black Adam’ crossed $250 million globally without facing any difficulties.

The film opened to a bumper response and earned over $67 million during its opening weekend and it was the best opening weekend for any film in the DC franchise since ‘Aquaman’ in 2018.

Dwayne Johnson in a still from 'Black Adam' (WB)
Dwayne Johnson in a still from 'Black Adam' (WB)

Although the movie continues to be a force to be reckoned with at box office, critics have panned the movie for being ‘repetitive’ and ‘anti-entertaining’. However, those reviews don’t seem to affect the audiences as they continue to flock to theatres in large numbers and give a thumbs-up to the latest superhero flick.

The movie undoubtedly gives a new direction to the DC Universe because it reintroduces Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel in an epic mid-credits scene. A few days after the movie hit theatres, Cavill explained that he will be donning the iconic costume in the future as well. In recent weeks, it was announced that ‘Man of Steel 2’ is in the works with Cavill reprising the role of the legendary superhero.

Dwayne Johnson in 'Black Adam' (WB)
Dwayne Johnson in 'Black Adam' (WB)

In the mid-credits scene of ‘Black Adam’, we see Johnson’s Black Adam meeting Cavill’s Superman in the most epic way possible. Amanda Waller appears and tells Black Adam that Kahndaq is his prison now. She also advises him to not escape the planet and if he does, he would have to face the consequences. Waller says, if needed, she would take help from the people who are not from this planet. Black Adam destroys the screen as he says, “Send them all” and we see Henry Cavill making an entry as Superman, saying, “We should talk.”

The ending of ‘Black Adam’ has created a lot of excitement in the minds of fans and they can’t wait to see two giant superheroes sharing the screen again.