NEW YORK  — On a quiet weekend break in movie theaters before the upcoming release of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, ” Warner Bros. ’ “Black Adam” topped the box office for the third straight weekend with $18. 5 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

“Black Adam, ” Dwayne Johnson’s bid to launch a new DC Films superpower, has surpassed $300 million globally in three weeks of release, including a domestic tally associated with $137. 4 million and $319. 7 million internationally. That puts the $195 million-budgeted film — the third film this year to lead the package office 3 consecutive weeks — upon a trajectory to likely surpass the $366 mil that “Shazam! ” grossed in 2019, but less certain in order to notch a profit in its theatrical run.

When Walt Disney Co. ’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” lands in theaters Thursday, it’s expected to score one of the biggest opening weekends of the year. Ryan Coogler’s original debuted with more than $200 million in U. S. and Canadian theaters within 2018, plus forecasts suggest it could open with around $175 million.

With “Wakanda Forever” looming, only one new film opened in wide release: “One Piece Film: Red, ” distributed by Sony Picture’s anime division, Crunchyroll. The Japanese anime sequel, part of the “One Piece” franchise, first showed in second place along with $9. 5 million.

While not as robust as the particular openings associated with Crunchyroll’s “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, which garnered, $21. 1 million in August, or Funimation’s “Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie, ” which earned $18 million in March, “Red” again showed that anime is proving an uncommonly dependable draw in North American movies building.

The 15th film in the franchise but the first to be released widely in the U. H., “Red” attracted an especially young audience, with about 75% of solution buyers between ages 18-34.

Third place went to “Ticket to Paradise, ” the particular George Clooney and Julia Roberts romantic comedy. The Universal Pictures launch collected $8. 5 mil in its third weekend, bringing the $60 million-budgeted rom-com’s cumulative total to $46. 7 million domestically plus $137. 2 million worldwide. For the genre that’s struggled within theaters in recent years, “Ticket to Paradise” is showing staying power, especially as the favored choice for older audiences.

Even with Halloween coming and going, Paramount Pictures’ “Smile” also continued to hold well within theaters. In its sixth week of release, the particular horror flick added another $4 mil to bring it in order to $99. one million overall.

Some of the year’s top Oscar contenders have struggled to make much of an impact in broad release.

James Gray’s “Armageddon Time, ” a coming-of-age tale set in 1980s New York, expanded in order to 1, 006 theaters in the second week, grossing $810, 000 with regard to Focus Features. Focus’ “Tár, ” starring Cate Blanchett as a renowned conductor, took in $670, 000 in 1, 090 theaters for a five-week total associated with $3. seven million. MGM’s “Till, ” about Mamie Till-Mobley’s pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, added $1. 9 million in two, 316 movies building for any four-week gross of $6. 6 million.

Best of the bunch so far has been Searchlight Pictures’ “The Banshees of Inisherin, ” featuring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as rowing Irish friends. It took within $3 million in 895 locations in its 3rd weekend associated with release, brining its global haul to $10. 2 million.

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