After the monster debuts of both “Captain Marvel” and “Us” the month of March served as a resurgence of sorts for the box office after a slow start to 2019. That momentum will likely continue in April which is set to be a HUGE month of new releases before the summer blockbuster season kicks into high gear. But before that we had one more weekend of March to get through with the first of Disney’s 2019 live action remakes presenting the heaviest competition to holdovers. So, who was able to take the final win of March 2019? Let’s take a look in this week’s Box Office Breakdown.
Taking the top spot was “Dumbo”, based on the 1941 Disney animated film and the first of three (four if you count “Maleficent 2”) live action Disney remakes to hit theaters in 2019. Directed by Tim Burton, “Dumbo” received average reviews and didn’t quite hit the $50 million expectation set upon it, but still took the top spot with a $45 million domestically. While well below the debuts of “Cinderella”, Beauty and the Beast”, “Maleficent” and “Alice in Wonderland” which was also directed by Burton, “Dumbo” did top 2018’s “Christopher Robin” which debuted with $24.6 million. Oversees “Dumbo” earned an estimated $71 million. Disney is hoping for a strong international run from the film considering the slow start domestically since the film holds a reported $170 million budget, comparable to “Alice in Wonderland” which went on to earn over a billion dollars worldwide. You can read my review of “Dumbo” from over the weekend here.
A lot of eyes were on last week’s number one “Us” going into the weekend as it had great potential for capturing the top spot two weekends in a row, but it looks like the hype for the film brought it to its peak in its first weekend as it fell to second. “Us” dropped 53% in earning $33.6 million domestically and $22.6 million internationally bringing its worldwide tally to just under $175 million in ten days. Marvel Studios held strong in third with “Captain Marvel” which is nearing a worldwide milestone. The superhero flick earned $20.5 million domestically which pushed it to eighth on the highest grossing MCU movies list. Internationally it earned $26.4 million bringing its worldwide number to $990 million meaning by the end of this coming weekend, the one-month anniversary of its debut, “Captain Marvel” will likely surpass a billion dollars worldwide. Rounding out the top five were Pure Flix’s anti-abortion new release “Unplanned” and holdover “Five Feet Apart” respectively.
Looking at the rest of the top ten a few new entries of note made their mark, even if they were only small marks. “Hotel Mumbai” moved into the top ten after a very limited debut last week and an expansion this past weekend. “The Beach Bum” debuted just inside the top ten. The Matthew McConaughey-led picture had a rough time finding an audience despite opening in 1,100 theaters. Rounding out the top ten were “Wonder Park” and “How to Train Your Dragon 3” in sixth and seventh respectively and “A Madea Family Funeral” in ninth. “The Lego Movie 2” fell out of the top ten to thirteenth in its eighth weekend as theaters start to shift the feature out for new offerings in the coming weeks. Another notable exit from the top ten was “Alita: Battle Angel” which fell to fifteenth after seven weeks on the chart.
This coming weekend should be a fun one. Three new offerings are coming to theaters that threaten to shake up the status quo in the top ten as the month of April looks to be incredibly competitive. First up is “Shazam!”, the latest entry in the DC Universe, which is likely to take the weekend’s top spot. I actually had the privilege to view the film a few weekends early so if you’d like to read my take you can do so here before you watch the movie yourself by clicking here. “Pet Sematary”, the second cinematic adaptation of Stephen King’s popular novel, will also hit the big screen while the historical drama “The Best of Enemies” also looks to make an impact. Check back this time next week to see how they all do.