Dwayne Johnson gets a record-breaking solo opening day with Black Adam

Black Adam delivers Dwayne Johnson’s career-best Box Office opening day with $27 million.

Warner Bros and DC Films’ Black Adam grossed a whopping $26.8 million at the Box Office on opening day. This makes it the biggest solo opening day for Dwayne Johnson. Black Adam is also on course to become Johnson’s biggest-ever opening weekend, which it did after enjoying a $140 million worldwide debut over the weekend.

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Black Adam grosses the biggest solo opening day of Johnson's career.

Over the course of Johnson’s career, only Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Fate of the Furious, and Furious 7 have made more than Black Adam’s $26.8 million on an opening day with $34 million, $38 million, $46 million, and $67 million respectively. Bear in mind that while Johnson was a prominent character in each of these movies, he wasn’t the central character. However, the film is ahead of Hobbs & Shaw, San Andreas, and Jumanji: The Next Level, among other movies he has featured in.

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Black Adam opened with an estimated $7.6 million from its Thursday previews which took place across 3,500 locations in North America. The following day, it debuted at more than 4,000 locations across the United States and Canada. The film broke projections of $60 million for its opening weekend by a slight margin ($67 million). Black Adam is the first film since the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Thor: Love and Thunder to gross over $50 million at the domestic box office this year.

While the movie’s projected gross over its opening weekend is comparatively low, given it is intended to shepherd in a new age for DC Comics-based films, it remains impressive when you consider that it introduces relatively obscure DC Comics characters.

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While the movie had negative reviews from professional critics, it has been well-received by audiences.

In Black Adam, Johnson plays a character called Teth Adam who is awakened after a 5,000-year slumber. Teth Adam, who becomes Black Adam, is a godlike being possessing powers. After he is reawakened, he goes on a rampage destroying both people and property. But, he is stopped by the Justice Society of America, including Hawkman, Doctor Fate, Atom Smasher, and Cyclone who imprison him. Eventually, the character redeems himself as he assumes the role of the city’s protector.

At this point, Black Adam is a win for the DCEU. In spite of the issues Black Adam faced with critics, Black Adam is beloved by audiences. This all but guarantees its place in the future of the DCEU. It will also help that its next big competition, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, won't premiere until November 11. More importantly, there's a high chance that Black Adam will get sequels and spin-offs.

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