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‘Black Adam’ Debuts at No. 1 at the Box Office Despite Poor Critical Review

Dwayne Johnson, Box Office

Dwayne Johnson has waited decades to bring Black Adam to the big screen. And it’s been a spectacular box office hit.

The DC superhero movie was released at number 1 at the national and global box office. According to Comscore, last weekend the film earned a whopping $67 million across North America and $140 million worldwide.

It’s also Johnson’s biggest box office weekend of his entire career as a lead actor. However, it has also received poor critical reviews.

Viewers liked the actor’s transformation into an antihero.

Apart from Johnson, Black Adam stars Aldis Hodge, Pierce Brosnan, Noah Centineo and Quintessa Swindell.

The film follows Johnson’s character journey as he gains supernatural powers after the death of his son. However, he awakens in the modern world thousands of centuries after his captivity.

“It’s always cliché to say that someone was born to play a role. But in this case, it’s true,” said filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra about Johnson in an interview with EW. 

“The movie happened because of him. He’s the energy and the push that got this movie made. Even if it took him a long time to fulfill this dream of his, I think that it’s been worth the wait.”

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In the Box Office

Another movie worth checking out is the one with Julia Roberts, the queen of romantic comedies who is back on the romantic comedy screen. She stars in Ticket to Paradise alongside her Ocean’s Eleven co-actor George Clooney.

The film debuted in the top 2 spots at the domestic and worldwide box office. In addition, it earned $16.3 million throughout North America and a sum of $96.6 million on the global screen.

Ticket to Paradise follows estranged ex-spouses who work together to get their daughter to call off her marriage to a seaweed farmer.

Meanwhile, Smile sits tight in third place at the domestic box office, gaining an extra $8.3 million. The previous week’s No. 1 Halloween Kills is next at No. 4. It earned an extra $8 million, bringing its total to $54.1 million. 

In addition, the musical Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile added another $4.2 million to take the top five spot, bringing the total to $28.7 million.

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Johnson’s Priority

In recent times, Johnson has also been a box office success for the public too. Many have urged him to run for the presidency. 

However, he politely declined as he wanted to focus on his daughters “during these critical years in their life. 

“I will say this ‘cause it requires the B side to this. I love our country and everyone in it. And I also love being a daddy. And that’s the most important thing to me, is being a daddy, number one. Especially during this time, this critical time in my daughters’ lives.” 

He added: “I know what it was like to be on the road and be so busy that I was absent for a lot of years when my first daughter’s growing up in this critical age at this critical time in her life. And that’s what the presidency will do.

He noted that he is a “patriot to my core,” but his number one priority is “my daughters.”

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