I’m a little late with this week’s breakdown. Flu season finally hit me hard. A little courtesy PSA: get your flu shot people. It’s not a fun one this year. Anyways back on track. Three new films hit theaters over the weekend kicking off the month of April which promises to be a big one for cinema in 2019. One of three comic book releases this month, a historical drama and a Stephen King remake all hit the big screen to challenge last weekend’s winner “Dumbo” for the throne. Which one came out the winner? Let’s get to it in this week’s Box Office Breakdown.
As predicted DC won big with its latest superhero adaptation, “Shazam!”. Based on one of DC’s more obscure heroes, a young boy who can transform not a fully grown superpowered man by shouting “Shazam”, the film is the latest addition to DC’s comic based cinematic universe and the only offering from the company scheduled for 2019. “Shazam!” scored a $53.4 million debut, slightly above expectations, after earning great critical reviews, even higher than many Marvel films of the last ten years. “Shazam!” also made over $3 million in March from a special Fandango preview event which I was lucky enough to attend. You can read my review of “Shazam!” from a few weeks ago here. Internationally “Shazam!” had a huge opening earning $102 million for a total worldwide debut of $158.8 million.
In second was the remake of “Pet Sematary” based on the book of the same name by Stephen King. With a $25 million debut, the remake is the second largest opening for a Stephen King-inspired movie behind only “It” from 2017. The second half of the “It” duology will probably break that record later this year. Internationally “Pet Sematary” earned $17.3 million from 46 territories. You can read my review of the film from over the weekend here. Rounding out the top five were the previous three winners at the box office. Last week’s top earner “Dumbo” fell to third with a hard drop of around sixty percent while Jordan Peele’s “Us” landed in fourth now becoming one of the top five earning R-rated horror movies ever, and “Captain Marvel” stood strong finishing in fifth now becoming a billion-dollar movie and one of the top 30 highest earning films of all time.
Looking at the rest of the top ten, in sixth we find the last new entry in the top five, “The Best of Enemies”. The historical drama based on the real-life rivalry-turned-friendship between civil rights activist Ann Atwater and Ku Klux Klan leader C. P. Ellis underperformed earning $4.4 million in its debut effort. I didn’t get to see or review “The Best of Enemies” yet but I am interested so I may check it out soon. The rest of the top ten was as follows: “Five Feet Apart”, “Unplanned”, ‘Wonder Park”, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” lined up seventh through tenth after weekend actuals. “Hotel Mumbai”, “A Madea Family Funeral”, and “The Beach Bum” all fell from the top ten.
As for next week it could be interesting. FOUR challengers will try to take the top spot and make their marks and they all come from different genres. The reboot of “Hellboy” looks to be the potential frontrunner from what I see while Laika will release a new animated offering “Missing Link”. Universal will debut what looks to be a potentially derivative comedy called “Little” while Aviron will offer something for the teen-romance audience with “After”. Should be fun to see how they all do this time next week.