'Shazam!' Opens With $53M To Lead Box Office

CREDIT Courtesy of Warner Bros

CREDIT Courtesy of Warner Bros

Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution, said this weekend's "thrilling result" was because "Shazam!" doesn't take itself too seriously.

Synopsis: In Billy Batson's (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word-SHAZAM!-this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard (Djimon Hounsou). Critics praised the movie with a C+ CinemaScore, while it now has over 60% Fresh at Rotten Tomatoes.

James Wan's Aquaman managed £3.8m over its own opening weekend in December 2018, going on to achieve a total of £21.8m on these shores, as part of a mammoth $1.1bn (£879m) haul worldwide.

Paramount Pictures' "Pet Sematary" remake opened in second with $25 million.

Finally, the third new release of the weekend, Robin Bissell's The Best of Enemies, is at No. 6 with a low $4.5 million. It pulled in an underwhelming US$4.5 million from 1,705 screens. Astute Films fully financed the film, which was distributed by STXfilms.

Academic founders of pro-democracy movement convicted
In his summary of the judgment on Tuesday, Justice Johnny Chan said civil disobedience was not a defence to a criminal charge. But Hong Kong judges have since faced mounting pressure from Beijing to hand down heavier sentences to deter future protests.

A number of holdovers filled out North American box office charts.

Last week's top film, "Dumbo", slid to third with $18.2 million.

Stephen King adaptation Pet Sematary landed in third place with £1.3m, while superhero rival Captain Marvel came fourth with £1.2m in its fifth week of play to bolster a total that now sits at £34.6m. (It was originally estimated to cost between $90 million to $100 million.) If you were to add ticket sales from the advance screening, the opening total would be $56.7 million.

Among speciality releases, Neon's Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace made US$57,353 from three theatres, averaging US$19,118 per location.

The past weekend continued to prove that scares and superheroes are some of the most reliable money-makers at the box office. Overall, ticket sales are still pacing around 16% behind past year, according to Comscore.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.