Box Office: DC fans pile in for Black Adam

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This weekend, the Australian box office made $8.94 million

This weekend, the Australian box office made $8.94 million, down -31% from last week’s $12.89 million.

In its second week, Warner Bros’ Black Adam has dominated the box office charts, bringing in over $3.54 million. The 11th instalment in the DC Extended Universe stars Dwayne Johnson (who also served as a producer) as the titular character alongside Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, Sarah Shahi, Marwan Kenzari, Quintessa Swindell, Bodhi Sabongui, and Pierce Brosnan.

Making its way into the charts in its debut week is Universal’s Mrs Harris Goes to Paris. Coming in at #2, the film tells the story of a war-widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London who falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress. The film is based on the novel Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico and stars Academy Award nominee Lesley Manville.

Falling to #3 was the Paramount+ horror film Smile. Written and directed by Parker Finn, the film stars Sosie Bacon as a therapist who, after witnessing the bizarre suicide of a patient, goes through increasingly disturbing and daunting experiences, leading her to believe what she is experiencing is supernatural. This past weekend, the film grossed -43% less than last week with $513k. 

Sony’s The Woman King has entered the charts at fourth, grossing $454k. The film tells the story of the Agojie, the all-female warrior unit that protected the West African kingdom of Dahomey during the 17th to 19th centuries. Set in the 1820’s, it stars Viola Davis as a general who trains the next generation of warriors to fight their enemies. 

In its fourth week, Don’t Worry Darling has fallen from third to fifth. Directed by Olivia Wilde, the film made headlines in the lead-up to the premiere due to the alleged behind-the-scenes drama between Wilde and actress Florence Pugh. The film stars Pugh as Alice Chambers, a devoted young housewife, alongside Harry Styles as Jack Chambers, Alice’s workaholic husband.

Falling out of the box office top five this week was Ticket to Paradise starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts and Universal’s Halloween Ends.

1, Black Adam, $3.54 million

Black Adam is a superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the powers of the Egyptian gods and imprisoned just as quickly, Black Adam is freed from his tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world. In its second week, the film averaged $6,297 across 563 screens. So far, the film has grossed $12.36 million.

#2, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, $1.54M

This historical comedy-drama is the third film adaption of the 1958 novel Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris. In its debut week, the film averaged $4,149 across 373 screens.

#3, Smile, $513k

Smile is a 2022 psychological horror film written and directed by Parker Finn (in his feature directorial debut), based on his 2020 short film Laura Hasn’t Slept. The film averaged $2,410 across 213 screens, bringing in $7.27 million to date.

#4, The Woman King, $454k

Debuting at fourth, the film was directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and written by Dana Stevens. In its first week, The Woman King averaged $1,430 across 318 screens.

#5, Don’t Worry Darling, $310k

Alice and Jack are lucky to live in the idealised community of Victory, the experimental company town housing the men working for the top-secret Victory Project and their families. This past weekend, the film averaged $1,416 across 219 screens, grossing $6.7 million to date.

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