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'BLACK ADAM' BECOMES BIGGEST FIRST WEEKEND BOX OFFICE DEBUT FOR DWAYNE JOHNSON-LED FILM

By Mike Johnson on 2022-10-22 18:33:00

The Rock's first-ever DC Comics film Black Adam is expected to bring in somewhere in the area of $60-$62 million domestically and will be the best ever domestic bow for any Dwayne Johnson-led film.   Internationally, it is expected to hit in the area of $70 million, so the film will bring in the area of $130 million.

The hope within Warner Bros. Discovery is that the film will help endow the DC Cinematic Universe with some new momentum as the new management of WBD charts their path forward with the DC intellectual property's cast of characters.

It has been a long road with The Rock first announced as taking on the mantle of the DC anti-hero way back in September 2014, when the original plan was to introduce him as the villain in the Shazam! film series.  Johnson lobbied for Black Adam to be introduced in his own film, allowing for two separate franchises to be launched instead.

Debuting in 1945, Black Adam is an ancient Egyptian predecessor of DC Comics' Shazam.  Shazam, he utters a magic word in order to be transformed by magical lightning into his super-powered form, but became corrupted after receiving his powers.  In recent years, he has also been the ruler of the fictional country Kahdaq.  There were allusions made to him, but not by name, in DC's feature film adaptation of Shazam! several years ago.

Promotional material for the film touts: "The World Needed a Hero. It Got Black Adam.  Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the Egyptian gods—and imprisoned just as quickly—Black Adam (Dwayne Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world."

DC Comics' original superhero team The Justice Society of America are also in the film, including Hawkman, The Atom Smasher, Dr. Fate and Cyclone.  

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