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Box Office Report for the Week of October 23rd

The hierarchy of power of movies has changed. To the surprise of nobody, Black Adam is this week’s number one film. Grossing over $67 million, it is the highest opening of Dwayne Johnson‘s career as a lead actor, and higher than Shazam!‘s initial opening gross of $53 million.

Ticket to Paradise surpassed expectations at the box office this weekend, overperforming at the domestic box office with $16.3 million, and will surpass $100 million at the international box office. For a $60 million rom com, that’s very good, but it’s no surprise that audiences would flock to see it as the marketing was entirely reliant upon an on-screen reunion between Julia Roberts and George Clooney, actors who are still able to attract anyone to the theater for their massive starpower. No one does it like them anymore.

Last week, I said that Halloween Ends‘ second weekend would drop drastically, because of its hybrid release. I was right! David Gordon Green‘s sequel took a big decline (80%!) in its second weekend, having grossed only $8 million. Its negative reviews and word-of-mouth didn’t help, but a hybrid release also means that piracy ultimately prevails, and most will prefer to stay home and watch the film then take a trip to the theater, especially if reviews were not favorable.

As for other new releases, Till and The Banshees of Inisherin opened in select theatres this weekend. Both films received rave reviews, but it will take time before it expands to more cinemas as awards season starts to gear up. Chinonye Chukwu‘s drama ended up in thirteenth place with $376.134 in 104 theatres, while Martin McDonagh‘s dark comedy starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson made $181,000 in four cinemas.

Meanwhile, Palme d’Or winner Triangle of Sadness and Terrifier 2 made more money than last week’s run. Ruben Östlund‘s comedy made over $600.000 in 280 theatres, while Terrifier 2 grossed over $1.9 million in only 755. Quite impressive.

Here’s the full list of the top 10 films for the week:

  1. Black Adam (Warner Bros/DC): $67M – 4,402 theatres
  2. Ticket to Paradise (Universal): $16.3M – 3,543 theatres
  3. Smile (Paramount): $8.3M (-33.5%) – 3,296 theatres
  4. Halloween Ends (Universal/Peacock): $8M (-80%) – 3,901 theatres
  5. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (Sony): $4.2M (-42.9%) – 3,536 theatres
  6. The Woman King (Sony): $1.9M (-48.7%) – 1,858 theatres
  7. Terrifier 2 (Cinedigm): $1.8M (+83.9%) – 755 theatres
  8. Don’t Worry Darling (Warner Bros): $880.000 (-60.7%) – 1,306 theatres
  9. Amsterdam (Disney): $818.000 (-70.4%) – 1,750 theatres
  10. Triangle of Sadness (NEON): $600.000 (+79.9%) – 280 theatres

Source: Box Office Mojo

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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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