Over the weekend the box office brought in $57.6M. This brings the quarterly total to $543.2M. As we look toward the final weeks of 2022, the yearly total is at a strong$6.1B with big titles to come.
Black Adam led the weekend at $18.5M, only a -32.6% drop from last week. The DC anti-hero has now brought in a total of $137.3M.
Anime film by Crunchyroll One Piece Film: Red opened at $9.5M, which is set to be one of the highest grossing anime films of all time behind previous titles such as Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero (2022). Males made up 76% of the opening weekend audience and 75% of the total audience was A18-34. 77% of the audience was diverse: 37% Latinx/Hispanic, 22% Asian and 18% Black.
Ticket to Paradise grossed $8.5M in its third week of release, just a -13.6% drop from last week. The romantic comedy has now grossed $46.7M.
Smile grossed $4M, now spending six weekends within the top five grossed films. Just shy of the $100M mark, Smile has now grossed $99.1M.
Prey for the Devil is finishes not far behind at $3.9M during its second weekend in theaters, which is a -46.1% drop. The horror has now grossed $13.6M.
Next weekend brings the long-awaited Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The sequel story shows a world without King T’Challa and what Wakanda must do when a new threat arises. Starring Tenoch Huerta, Leticia Wright, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira. Estimated opening $220M.
The official trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water was released. When an enemy from the past comes back to take over the planet of Pandora, the Na’vi race must figure out how to save their home.
As we look towards the blockbuster films in the coming weeks and months, studio heads are urging moviegoers to go to theaters since streamers do nothing, “in terms of viewership, retention or love of the service.” Next year’s total gross is estimated to be 75-80% back of pre-pandemic levels.