'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.

Ko holds her nerve to claim first major in California
A double bogey at the 11th took Kim out of contention, while Lee tried to put some pressure on Ko with a birdie at the 12th. She won the KEB Hana Bank Championship as a Korean LPGA pro in 2017, earning her American LPGA membership with that title.

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.

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