“No need to knock us, we’re new babies”: The Rock Lashes Out After Relentless Comparisons, Claims Black Panther 2 Beating Black Adam Was Inevitable as Movie Struggles With $366M Box-Office

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever started to break records right from its opening week after making a whopping $180 million just in the domestic circuit following its debut, and bagging more than $330 million internationally. The movie stands just second in line to yet another MCU film for holding the record of 2022’s highest weekend debut, with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness earning around $187 million in its opening weekend.

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Black Panther 2 makes more than $500 million in its second week of opening

Being out in the cinemas for merely two weeks, Black Panther 2 has already surpassed over $500 million, which is a couple hundred million more than the sum total of what DC’s Black Adam has managed to make since its release exactly a month ago. But that seems to be quite a sensitive topic for the lead actor of the movie as Dwayne Johnson called out IGN for comparing his movie’s box office collection with that of Marvel’s.

Related: Black Panther 2 Sets Box-Office Record With $330M Collection, Eclipses Black Adam as The Rock Struggles With $8.6M Fourth Weekend Earning


The Rock Defends Black Adam Against Black Panther 2‘s Success

Ryan Coogler‘s Black Panther 2 grossed about $550 million globally in just two weeks since its premiere,  whereas Jaume Collet-Serra’s Black Adam has earned only around $366 million worldwide since a month of its release, with a pitiful performance concerning its box office collection as compared to Wakanda Forever. And the same has been the talk of the town for quite a while now.

IGN, a popular video game and entertainment site, recently pulled up a comparison between the numbers both films have made so far by posting about it on Twitter. DC’s newest addition, Dwayne Johnson rushed to defend his film’s success, or lack thereof, at this remark which seems to have insulted the Red Notice star.

Related: “I want us to be our own identity”: The Rock Claims There’s No DC/Marvel Rivalry as Black Panther 2 Eclipses Black Adam’s Entire Box-Office Run in 3 Days

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The Rock as Black Adam

Although he’s all up for competing, The Rock claimed that when it comes to “an established global brand of Black Panther,” there’s no room for competition in the first place. He also implied that they’re still fairly new, given this was his first DC superhero film that he led, which is why people should go a little easy on Black Adam.

And although this has been the topic of intense discussion among almost every DC and Marvel fan, many people are also showing The Rock tremendous support with regard to his ideology as they continue to back Black Adam up, even after the film not doing all too well in terms of numbers.


What’s more is that the San Andreas star has showcased true sportsmanship all this while and even congratulated Wakanda Forever on its massive success.

The Rock Shows Sportsmanship After Congratulating Black Panther 2

Johnson might have felt slighted by people constantly dragging Black Adam through the mud post-Wakanda Forever‘s release, but then again, nobody would like to have their work shamed ceaselessly like this, so his reaction is quite understandable.

Besides, the Walking Tall actor already congratulated the MCU film for its tremendous success during its opening week by showing genuine support and excitement for Black Panther 2.


Related: “We all benefit overall when box office flourishes”: The Rock Is All Smiles With Black Panther 2 Succeeding at the Box Office Despite Decimating Black Adam in 3 Days

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The Rock showed genuine support for Black Panther 2

“That’s a lot of happy movie goers around the world. Beautiful!!! Can’t wait to see the movie,” Johnson exclaimed in his tweet after congratulating the entire Black Panther team as well as Marvel and Disney. And in doing so, The Rock once again proved how much of a gem he truly is, especially when all people have done is comapre Black Adam‘s performance with Black Panther 2.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is out in theatres now.


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