APRIL 9 UPDATE: New Line and DC Entertainment’s Shazam! delivered another strong result for the DC stable as it dominated box office in North America on a confirmed $53.5m, while Paramount’s horror Pet Sematary arrived in second place on $24.5m.
Shazam!, directed by David F. Sandberg and starring Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Michelle Borth, and Djimon Hounsou, opened via Warner Bros in 4,217 sites and stands at $56.8m through Sunday including previews.
The superhero adaptation about a boy who turns into a superhero when he shouts Shazam! marks another strong result for the DC Entertainment stable after blockbusters Aquaman and Wonder Woman. It reportedly cost $100m and is off to a solid start factoring in a $102m international debut that puts the worldwide tally at $158.8m.
Stephen King adaptation Pet Sematary starring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow and Amy Seimetz debuted well at number two in 3,585 venues. At a reported cost of $21m, the result is a decent one, allied to the $17.3m international launch. This was the second best opening weekend for a King adaptation behind Warner Bros’ behemoth It.
Civil Rights era drama Best Of Enemies opened in sixth place through STX in 1,705 sites on $4.4m. Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell star in the true-life story of the unlikely friendship between a rights activist and Klan leader
Jordan Peele’s Us crossed $150m through Universal, adding $13.8m in its third weekend to ranks fourth on $152.4m. Captain Marvel in fifth place added $12.7m to reach $373.9m after five.
True-life terror attack drama Hotel Mumbai fell three slots to number 11, adding $1.8m for $6.4m via Bleecker Street in its third weekend. Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum starring Matthew McConaughey tumbled 72.4% and fell four place to number 14 and grossed $3m after two sessions.
In its fourth session the Pantelion Films comedy No Manches Frida 2 fell three slots to number 15, adding $404,657 for $8.7m. Mike Leigh’s historical drama Peterloo opened via Amazon Studios at number 43 on a so-so $26,002 from three theatres for a $8,667 average.
Box office for the top 12 gained 7.7% on last weekend and grossed $140.2m, marking a 4.9% drop against the comparable session in 2018.
This week’s wide releases are: Laika animation’s Missing Link through Annapurna Pictures featuring a voice cast led by Hugh Jackman, Zach Galifianakis and Zoe Zaldana; Universal’s comedy Little starring Issa Rae, Regina Hall and Marsai Martin from producer Will Packer; Lionsgate-Summit’s Hellboy reboot from director Neil Marshall; and the drama After via Aviron.
Confirmed top 10 North America Apr 5-7 2019
Film (Dist) / Conf wkd gross / Conf total to date
1 (-) Shazam! (Warner Bros/New line) Warner Bros Pictures International $53.5m $56.8m
2 (-) Pet Sematary (Paramount) Paramount Pictures International $24.5m –
3 (1) Dumbo (Buena Vista) Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International $18.2m $76.3m
4 (2) Us (Universal) Universal Pictures International $13.8m $152.4m
5 (3) Captain Marvel (Buena Vista) Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International $12.4m $373.9m
6 (-) The Best Of Enemies (STX Entertainment) $4.4m –
7 (5) Five Feet Apart (Lionsgate) Lionsgate International $3.6m $41.5m
8 (4) Unplanned (Pure Flix) $3.3m $12.5m
9 (6) Wonder Park (Paramount) Paramount Pictures International $2.2m $42.1m
10 (7) How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Universal) Universal Pictures International $1.9m $156.72