Weekend Box Office: ‘Shazam!’ Electrifies With $53 Million Debut

     April 7, 2019

Things are downright electrifying in Warner Bros.’ DCEU these days. Following up the billion-dollar success story that was Aquaman, the Zachary Levi-starring Shazam! just debuted to a solid $53 million weekend, totaling $56.8 million with previews. Now, this does mark the lowest opening in the franchises’ seven-movie history—just behind Aquaman’s $67 million; Batman vs. Superman is in first with $166 million—the news gets even sweeter when you factor in overseas. Shazam! took in a whopping $102 million at the foreign box office in its debut, bringing its worldwide total to $158 million.

Directed by David F. Sanberg, Shazam! stars Asher Angel as the 14-year-old Billy Batson, who can transform into an adult superhero, played by Levi. Audiences gave the film a stellar A CinemaScore, and critics are similarly charmed. In his review, Collider’s own Matt Goldberg called the movie “a superhero film that just wants to have a good time.”

On the opposite end of the “just wants to have a good time” spectrum, Pet Sematary opened with a pretty strong $25 million. This is the second-highest opening for a film based on a Stephen King book ever, beating out 1408‘s $20 million but miles below IT‘s   $123 million. (Although, adjusted for inflation the 1989 Pet Sematary would’ve made about $24 million today.) Directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, Pet Sematary follows a married couple (Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz) who discover a burial ground that can bring the dead back to life.

The weekend’s third new film, STX’s Best of Enemies, landed in sixth place with $4.5 million. Written and directed by Robin Bissell, the film stars Taraji P. Henson as a civil rights activist going head-to-head with Ku Klux Klan member C.P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell).

Check out the weekend’s top 10 estimates below, and be back here next week to see if Hellboy can light the box office on fire.

Rank Title Weekend Total
1. Shazam!     $53,450,000 $56,775,000
2. Pet Sematary  $25,000,000 $25,000,000
3. Dumbo  $18,224,000 $76,271,489
4. Us    $13,813,000 $152,395,995
5. Captain Marvel  $12,682,000 $374,133,563
6. The Best of Enemies    $4,500,000 $4,500,000
7. Five Feet Apart        $3,700,000 $41,591,252
8. Unplanned         $3,200,000 $12,467,510
9. Wonder Park  $2,040,000 $41,980,513
10. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World       $1,985,000 $156,692,245

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