Box Office: ‘Shazam!’ Opens at $53.5-M, ‘Pet Sematary’ at $25-M, Best of Enemies DOA

Box Office: ‘Shazam!’ Opens at $53.5-M, ‘Pet Sematary’ at $25-M, Best of Enemies DOA


The kid-friendly Shazam! Topped the weekend box office with $53.5-M from 4,217 cinemas in a 2nd consecutive win for the DC Superhero stable.

Overseas, the $100-M movie is likewise off to a strong start, earning $102-M from 79 markets for a global weekend box office of $155.5 million.

The pic, buoyed by glowing reviews and an A CinemaScore, was powered by younger moviegoers, and is rated PG-13.

Paramount’s Pet Sematary, a remake of the 1989 original, saw stong in its domestic debut, earning $25-M from 2,585 locations. That marked the 2nd best start for a Stephen King adaptation.

The R-rated horror pic skewed male (54%), while 75% of ticket buyers were 35, Pet Sematary earned a C+ CinemaScore.

Tim Burton and Disney’s family film Dumbo fell 60% in its 2nd frame to $18.2-M for a weak 10-Day domestic total at $76.3-M.

Dumbo came in 3rd, followed by the Universal’s horror hit Us, which crossed the $200-M mark globally in its third weekend after earning another $13.8-M domestically for a NA take of $152.4-M. That puts the film’s total box office $216.6-< to date.

After crossing the $1-B mark at the global box office last week, Disney and Marvel’s Superhero blockbuster Captain Marvel came in #5 in NA with $12.7-M in its 5th weekend for a total of $374.1-M and so far it has taken in $1.04-B worldwide. C

The weekend’s 3rd new wide offering, The Best of Enemies, came in DOA #6 with a muted $4.5-M from 1,705 locations.

Best of Enemies drew poor reviews. Audiences liked the movie better, giving it an A CinemaScore. Astute Films financed the movie, with STXfilms handling marketing and distribution.

The teen drama Five Feet Apart enjoyed another narrow decline, falling 40% in its 4th weekend to $4.5-M from 2,484 theaters for a domestic take of $41.6-M, the 3rd-best showing of all time for CBS Films.

The faith based anti-abortion pic Unplanned fell 50% in its 2nd weekend as it upped its theater count from 1,000 locations to 1,516. The film grossed $3.2-M for a pleasing 10-Day domestic total of $12.5-M for Christian distributor Pure Flix.

Bleecker Street’s terrorist drama Hotel Mumbai earned $1.8-M in its 3rd weekend from 930 locations for a North American take of $6.4-M.

The Beach Bum continued to get sanded in its 2nd weekend, grossing just $494,063 from 1,055 theaters for a 10-Day domestic total of $3-M for distributor Neon.

At the specialty box office

Neon’s Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace, which posted a location average of $12,000 upon officially opening in 8 cinemas after an awards qualifying run late last year.

Among other limited offerings

Claire Denis and A24’s High Life, a sci-fi epic sscored the Top location average of the weekend at $25,007 debuting in 4 theaters.

Have some fun, see a movie this week.

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