Box Office Results - 'Shazam!' and 'Pet Sematary'
It’s another big weekend at the box office. We have the seventh film in the DC Extended Universe and the Stephen King remake/adaptation , Pet Sematary leading the charge.
Box Office: $53.5 million
If there’s one hero that’s more of a gamble than last year’s Aquaman, it’s probably Shazam, yet here we are with another hit. Shazam!, which had a modest (haha) budget of $100 million, grossed a very healthy $53.5 million over the three-day weekend. That’s quite impressive for a hero that hardly anybody outside of the comic book world knows. I attribute its success to the fun marketing campaign that sold the concept of “Big, but with superheroes’ in a clear and concise manner. With great reviews from both critics and the general public, this sets the stage for a potential $150 million finish.
Pet Sematary (Paramount)
Box Office: $24.5 million
Also faring well at the box office was the Stephen King remake/adaptation, Pet Sematary. The film had a mid-range budget for a horror flick at $20 million and grossed $24.5 million. That said, the critics only mildly liked it, and viewers in general have more sour feelings about the film. This could spell trouble as horror flicks with middling-to-poor reviews tend to have precipitous drops from week to week. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if this one manages to dig up around $60 million by the time it leaves theaters.
The Top 10
Dumbo suffered a pretty steep fall from last weekend, dropping around 60% from it’s already slightly disappointing opening. The Tim Burton Disney live-action re-imagining added $18.2 million to its coffers, lifting its domestic total to $76.3 million. It’ll putter across the 100-million mark in the US, but it might not be enough to save this $175 million production. Us also dropped pretty hard, but it has had such an exceptional run thus far that it really doesn’t effect it at this point. The film dropped 58.5% from last weekend, adding another $13.8 million. The horror film currently sits at a stellar $152.4 million. Captain Marvel held remarkably well, only dropping 39.8% from its previous weekend. It is easily the highest grossing film of the year thus far with a running total of $373 million.
1. Shazam! - $53.5 million (NEW) $53.5 million
2. Pet Sematary - $24.5 million (NEW) $24.5 million
3. Dumbo - $18.2 million (-60%) $76.3 million
4. Us - $13.8 million (-58.5%) $152.4 million
5. Captain Marvel - $12.4 million (-39.8%) $373 million
6. The Best of Enemies - $4.5 million (NEW) $4.5 million
7. Five Feet Apart - $3.6 million (-42.2%) $41.5 million
8. Unplanned - $3.3 million (-48.6%) $12.5 million
9. Wonder Park - $2.2 million (-57%) $42.1 million
10. How to Train Your Dragon 3 - $2 million (-54.4%) $156.7 million
Source: Box Office Mojo