BOX OFFICE REPORT
April 5-7, 2019
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Pet Sematary||$25.0 million|
|Captain Marvel||$12.6 million|
Shazam! zapped the competition, taking in an estimated $53.4 million. While that was more than double the next movie, it didn't quite jump up to the superhero big leagues. Compared to its DC Extended Universe roster, that's on par with most of the previous films' second weekends. Still, with no real competition until Avengers: Endgame, it should make a pretty decent run.
Pet Sematary had a strong opening itself. As part of this Stephen King adaptation renaissance, it got mixed reviews, but scared up the second-biggest horror opening of the year. As usual, it should have a pretty sizable drop next week, but it's already made more than its $22 million budget, so it's a big success for Paramount.
Dumbo dropped a whopping 60 percent. That's the worst second weekend of any of the live-action Disney remakes, again suggesting there could be trouble ahead for this extremely lazy proposition. Us slipped to third, and by this time next week it should have surpassed Get Out's total gross (though I wouldn't hold my breath for any Oscar nominations). Captain Marvel dropped to fifth place, and still has a couple weeks to go before crossing $400 million.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: High Life, Claire Denis' outer space psychosexual thriller. The film averaged just over $25,000 on each of its four screens.
- The Best of Enemies couldn't find any of that sweet "racism-is-solved-just-by-being-nice" money that Green Book, Hidden Figures and The Help found. The true story of integration in Durham, NC, boasted an Oscar winner (Sam Rockwell) and nominee (Taraji P. Henson), but only managed a sixth-place debut with a measly $4.5 million.
- The Beach Bum is flaming out. After an underwhelming debut, it dropped a massive 70 percent. It's only grossed $3 million so far, an all-out disaster for distributor Neon, director Harmony Korine and star Matthew McConaughey.
Four new releases will all be jockeying for second place. I think teen drama After won't even sniff $10 million and LAIKA's new stop-motion effort Missing Link won't be a Pixar-level threat. And as much as I like David Harbour, I think Hellboy is going to be the first comic book movie to outright flop since 2015's Fantastic Four. So that leaves Little, featuring an excellent cast and funny trailers. It'll be the only one of this quartet to make more than $20 million.