Black Adam’s box office performance could mean the DCU movie will break the $1 billion barrier. Here is how likely it is for The Rock’s film.
Black Adam‘s box office is being compared to Aquaman, meaning the DC Universe could have another $1 billion movie in the future. Even though the original DCEU movies often exceeded the box office earnings of the earlier MCU entries, the box office hauls have always been scrutinized. Wonder Woman and Aquaman represented two of the DC’s biggest wins, and there was a belief that Black Adam could also perform well with a star like Dwayne Johnson at the forefront. The movie’s box office has so far been quite good, leaving more questions about just how high up the charts the DC film could climb.
Now that two weekends have passed where the film has performed strongly, whether Black Adam will make $1 billion at the box office is becoming a more intriguing possibility. The speculation about Black Adam hitting this box office milestone comes from the film opening on par with Aquaman, which is the only DCU movie to make a billion dollars (since Joker is separate). Dwayne Johnson’s DC movie is the first since Shazam in 2019 to make more than $100 million domestically. It has also surpassed $250M worldwide at the time of this writing, meaning it is a fourth of the way to making $1 billion in just over a week.
How Likely Black Adam Making $1 Billion Really Is
The chances of Black Adam making $1 billion are not that high realistically. Taking a closer look at the Black Adam and Aquaman box office comparisons, Jason Momoa’s solo movie crossed $100M domestically in half the time that it took Dwayne Johnson’s DC debut. This is partially attributed to Aquaman opening over the Christmas holiday, allowing families to flock to theaters to enjoy the spectacle-filled adventure. While Black Adam does not have much competition at the box office, it is lagging behind. The Aquaman solo film did get a huge boost internationally, especially as it made nearly $300M alone in China, where Black Adam has not opened yet.
There are several factors working against Black Adam‘s favor to make $1 billion too. The film has been met with harsh critical reviews, even if audiences are more positive on it. Meanwhile, Marvel Studios’ highly-anticipated sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters shortly and will likely take away a lot of attention. The latest projections expect Black Adam‘s box office run to finish with nearly $400M, well below the elusive $1 billion milestone for DC. This would also be the second-lowest-grossing DCU movie, excluding COVID releases in Wonder Woman 1984 and The Suicide Squad. The only real way Black Adam will break $1 billion is if it has incredible legs and manages to overperform in Japan and China.
What Black Adam Breaking The $1 Billion Barrier Would Mean For DC
On the outside chance that Black Adam does break the $1 billion barrier, it would be an unquestionable huge win for DC Studios, now run by James Gunn and Peter Safran. The new co-CEOs would surely look at the movie and lead character as pillars of DC’s future that could support sequels, spinoffs, and other DC movies Black Adam sets up. Furthermore, this would be a sign that audiences around the world are still heavily invested in what DC is doing and seeing what will come next, which might still be true even if Black Adam does not make $1 billion at the box office.
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