BOX OFFICE REPORT
April 12-14, 2019
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Pet Sematary||$10.0 million|
Beating back all its competition with a wallop, Shazam! remained in the top spot for a second weekend. The extremely fun DCEU flick fell 53 percent, on par with some of its bigger brothers. It's not quite at $100 million yet, but with a $100 million price tag – on the low end of major comic book movies – it's a true success, even if it's on a smaller scale.
Little was anything but its namesake, easily the biggest of the four new wide releases. The comedy, starring and produced by Marsai Martin (Black-ish), opened with an estimated $15.4 million. It's yet another win for African-American-focused films, and especially comedies. Hellboy had a hellish debut, earning an estimated $12 million. That's way less than even the modest openings of Guillermo del Toro's original two films.
Down in fourth was the second weekend of Pet Sematary, which has now doubled its budget. That's more than can be said for Dumbo, which cost more than Shazam!, Little and Hellboy combined. It's struggled to even get to $89 million so far. But what's really sad is that three of the top 5 movies this weekend are remakes, and both Shazam! and Little owe a huge debt to Big. Go see some original movies, people!
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Her Smell, the dark comedy about an aging rock star (Elisabeth Moss). The film averaged $13,019 on each of its three screens.
- Neither teen romance After or stop-motion animated flick Missing Link could crack the top 5. The former managed $6.2 million (a bit over expectations), while the latter took in a very sad $5.8 million (well below expectations). In fact, that's the worst opening for Laika yet.
- Teen Spirit and Wild Nights with Emily both had strong debuts in limited release. Each took in about $11,000 on average.
Can Shazam! make it three in a row? I would ordinarily think so, but it will face competition from The Curse of La Llorona, which has ties to the Conjuring universe. Those films have all been big successes so I'm predicting a photo finish. I think [deep, ominous voice] La Llorona will take the top spot with $19 million, while Shazam! will have $18 million. And don't be surprised if faith-based true story Breakthrough makes a strong showing.