IN our predictions for Thursday we weren’t sure if Crunchyroll Studios released One Piece Movie: Red would have the power to take down Black Adam at the weekend box office. Well, early numbers are in and it appears to be Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam will remain the champion for another week as it posted around a $4 million Friday on its way to a projected $15 million weekend.
One Piece Movie: Red expected to land in second place with around $10M. The animated film doesn’t appear to be boasting the same numbers as the studios’ last effort: August’s Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Which one opened at number one with over $20 million. As someone who is not into these animated films, I had at least heard of Dragon Ball, whereas I have to admit that I have absolutely no idea what this One Piece Movie: Red is. Even with a soft stateside debut, the film is already a massive hit across the globe as it is opened in Japan in August, where it sold 2.25 billion yenwhich equates to just over $16.5 million, making it the highest August opening of all time in Japan and the second highest overall.
Third place looks to be another slight drop for the Julia Roberts/George Clooney light-hearted rom-com Ticket to paradise with an expected drop of less than 30% for a $7 million weekend. The film may not be the $100 million hit you’d expect from a film starring these two, but the small week-to-week drops mean word of mouth is positive, and with a healthy take on the globe already, it’s North American box office really just the cherry on top.
Rounding off the top five are the two horror holdovers Smile continues his impressive run and adds another $3 million to his coffers Trade for the Devil looks to drop about 70% of its audience for about a $2.5 million weekend.
Did you go to the cinema this weekend or were the streaming options for Causeway starring Jennifer Lawrence on Apple TV+ and Weird: The Al Yankovic Story starring Daniel Radcliffe on the Roku channel too much to miss? (I have to admit I stayed in to watch Weird: The Al Yankovic Story and am much glad I did, as for me it’s one of the funniest movies of the year.) Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to come back tomorrow when we have a full rundown of the weekend’s box office.