Black Adam’s Opening Weekend Suggests Warner Bros.’s Superhero Movies Are Back on Track

Black Adam earned $140 million its opening weekend and helped validate Warner's strategy for its DC superhero movies.

Dwayne Johnson smiles in front of a Black Adam sign
Johnson has been the biggest promoter for his movie.

Black Adam, the Warner Bros. movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, led the box office last weekend earning $67 million in the U.S. and $140 million globally.

Black Adam had the 11th highest opening weekend for Warner’s DC Films, trailing recent movies like The Batman (2022), Joker (2019) and Aquaman (2018) but surpassing Shazam! (2019), Birds of Prey (2020) and Wonder Woman 1984 (2020). The movie recouped 70 percent of its $195 million production budget, which doesn’t include the undisclosed amount of money spent on marketing, last weekend.

Johnson first expressed interest in playing the role based on the DC comics character in 2007. He met for years with DC Films, which officially announced he would play the character in 2014 before scheduling the movie in 2017.

Over the years, Johnson has made various claims Black Adam, an anti-hero, would transform the DC universe. In an interview with Cinemablend earlier this month, Johnson said Black Adam would “absolutely” fight Superman, DC Films’ most successful and recognizable character, in a future film. “That is the whole point of this, man,” Johnson said.

After a series of flops from DC Films such as The Suicide Squad and Justice League, and Warner Bros.’s cancellation of Batgirl, which had already been filmed, Black Adam’s early box office success seems to validate the studio’s strategy. Warner Bros. has planned four DC films for 2023, including The Flash and the Aquaman sequel. Black Adam producers confirmed a sequel with a larger role for Superman, but they haven’t released dates yet.





Black Adam’s Opening Weekend Suggests Warner Bros.’s Superhero Movies Are Back on Track