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Box Office Round-Up ~ 11/14/22

It didn’t quite unseat Doctor Strange for the biggest weekend of the year, but Black Panther: Wakanda Forever quite handily reclaimed the box office throne for Marvel Studios with a weekend debut of $181 million, the second best opening of 2022. Black Panther may show stronger legs in the coming weeks with less competition over the holiday season, and may outgross the Sorcerer Supreme in the long run.
Unsurprisingly, the film to take the biggest hit from Black Panther was last weekend’s big office champ, Black Adam, which dropped 53% for a weekend total of $8.6 million. It’s the biggest hit so far of the post-summer season, but is still struggling to get make back its $200 million budget domestically, with a total gross of $151 million so far.
Ticket to Paradise held on strong in its fourth weekend with a total of $5.9 million, putting it at $56.5 million total domestic. Combined with its international numbers, the rom-com has more than doubled its $60 million dollar budget.
In fourth place, family-friendly musical Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile made a surprise return to the top five with $3.2 million on the weekend. The overall numbers are still modest, but Lyle’s weekend average has actually increased the last two weeks. And in fifth place, Smile grossed another $2.3 million in its seventh weekend on the big screen. But even with the dwindling numbers, the surprise horror hit has cleared $100 million domestically and $200 million overall… outstanding numbers for a budget of $20 million.

1. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever ($181 MM)
Director: Ryan Coogler (WME)
Writers: Ryan Coogler (WME), Joe Robert Cole (Circle of Confusion)
Cast: Letitia Wright (3.16)
         Lupita Nyong’o (CAA)
         Danai Gurira (UTA)

2. Black Adam ($8 MM)
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra (LBI Entertainment)
Writers: Adam Sztykiel (UTA), Rory Haines (CAA), Sohrab Noshirvani (CAA)
Cast: Dwayne Johnson (WME)
         Aldis Hodge (Paradigm)
         Pierce Brosnan (CAA)

3. Ticket to Paradise ($5.9 MM)
Director: Ol Parker (UTA)
Writers: Ol Parker (UTA), Daniel Pipski
Cast: George Clooney (CAA)
         Julia Roberts (CAA)
         Kaitlyn Dever (UTA)

4. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile ($3.2 MM)
Director: Josh Gordon (CAA), Will Speck (CAA)
Writers: Will Davies (UTA)
Cast: Constance Wu (CAA)
         Javier Bardem (WME)
         Scoot McNairy (UTA)

5. Smile ($2.3 MM)
Director: Parker Funn (CAA)
Writers: Parker Finn (CAA)
Cast: Sosie Bacon (CAA)
         Caitlin Stasey (A3)
         Kyle Gallner (Paradigm)

Source: Box Office Mojo, The Numbers