It took Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson 15 hard years to make his DC fantasy a reality, and now that it has, it’s safe to conclude that Black Adam couldn’t live up to the expectations. As it closes its theatrical run, the superhero film that symbolizes the “end” of Walter Hamada’s DC Universe has only amassed global box office receipts of $350 million.
Johnson shared his future intentions for the character and his overall vision for the DC Universe concurrently with the film’s premiere. A recent article, however, questions the movie’s potential for a sequel and suggests that the poor box office results may be to blame.
According to reports, Black Adam‘s box office earnings are insufficient to generate a profit, which may result in Warner Bros. Discovery reconsidering whether to approve a sequel. Fair enough, despite Shazam! only earning $366 million throughout its theatrical run, a sequel was nonetheless produced.
The situation with Black Adam is different, though, as the production firm hoped to benefit from The Rock’s popularity and box office appeal.
In contrast, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever from Marvel Studios has already made $200 million in box office revenue just days after its release. The Batman, starring Matt Reeves, earned an incredible $770 million at the global box office when it was released earlier this year.
Black Adam‘s underwhelming box office performance is regrettable given the excitement around The Rock’s debut superhero film. It remains to be seen if the sequel’s poor box office performance will lead to its cancellation, but given that the actor has some creative influence in the “new” DC Universe, I still think he’ll get another chance.
Black Adam by DC is still playing in theaters all around the world.