With Avatar: The Way of Water currently dominating the domestic and international box offices, a number of movies released late last year are ending their respective theatrical runs. Black Adam is among them, but it isn't exactly going out in style!
As you can see below, it's been confirmed that the DC Comics movie has wrapped up with $168 million in North America, a haul that, adjusted for inflation, is a mere $15 million more than 2011's Green Lantern. That movie was deemed so bad, the franchise has been shelved ever since, so the Black Adam franchise's future doesn't look bright.
We recently learned that it's considered an "inordinately expensive" movie due to 20 days of reshoots (we do wonder whether those contributed to that abysmal ADR). Greenlit with a $190 million budget, costs ended up ballooning to a massive $260 million, making it one of the priciest DC Comics adaptations ever made.
A $168 million domestic haul is an abysmal result for a movie with a supposed A-List actor in the lead role - Johnson's star power has been questioned since Black Adam's release - and we're not surprised sequel plans have been scrapped.
Had the movie taken off in the way The Rock hoped, DC Studios bosses James Gunn and Peter Safran may have had no other choice than to include Teth-Adam in their DCU plans. As things stand, Gunn and Johnson both confirmed last month that the character "will not be in their first chapter of storytelling," and while the door was left open, a return looks very unlikely.
"Come for The Rock’s pitch-perfect take on Black Adam and stay for an unmissable post-credits scene," we said in our review last month. "Then, just try to forget everything else, because this brainless, brawny superhero movie is not the fresh start the DCEU desperately needs."
Which did you prefer - Green Lantern or Black Adam?