‘Black Adam’ wins stellar box office

‘Black Adam’ wins stellar box office

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CNN Business

Who says movie stars don’t matter in Hollywood anymore?

Theaters and the box office got a much-needed boost this weekend thanks to the superhero movie “Black Adam“and a romantic comedy”A ticket to paradise” — two films led by big stars.

Let’s start with the winner of the weekend: “Black Adam.”

The Warner Bros. film, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the powerful superhero, topped the domestic box office with an estimated $67 million. It’s Johnson’s biggest home opener ever in a leading role.

It’s also a much-needed win for theaters, which have been in a dry spell lately due to a lack of blockbusters. The debut of “Black Adam” is the biggest opening at the box office since July’s “Thor: Love and Thunder”. (Warner Bros., like CNN, is owned by Warner Bros. Discovery.)

The film, which comes with a budget of $195 million, was led by Johnson, who is one of the more recognizable stars in Hollywood at a time when content and characters are more profitable than big names. He also starred in lucrative franchises such as Fast & Furious and Jumanji.

In 2nd place is Universal Pictures’ “Ticket to Paradise”. A movie that was made for 60 million dollars and stars George Clooney and Julia Roberts as exes attending their daughter’s tropical wedding brought in an estimated $16.3 million at the domestic box office.

Now, $16.3 million may not seem like the highest total in the world, but it’s significant because romantic comedies have become a largely dead genre at the box office. In fact, Universal suffered a setback just a few weeks ago when “Bros.”, another romantic comedy, flopped at the box office.

Billy Eichner, star of “Bros.”, he said after the film’s disappointing debut that “straight people, especially in certain parts of the country, just didn’t show up for Bros,” which was the first gay rom-com produced and distributed by a major studio with a wide theatrical release.

That may have been a factor, but it probably also hurt that the film had no big stars, while “Ticket to Paradise” was headlined by two of the biggest names in Hollywood in the last 30 years.

The film has grossed $96.6 million worldwide so far, according to Universal.

Ultimately, movie stars may no longer mean as much as they used to in Hollywood, but they can still help sell tickets, says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.


“Star power is alive and well, and the first two films clearly benefit from the brand recognition and big-screen appeal of the likes of Johnson, Roberts and Clooney,” Dergarabedian told CNN Business. “While many have dismissed the importance of big stars leading films, this weekend shows that a true star cast can lead to box office success.”

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