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‘Shazam!’ Opens with $54M at the Box Office

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Three new releases hit theaters across the country this weekend, starting the April box office with a supersized debut and a reboot of a horror classic. Moviegoers chose between “Shazam!,” “Pet Sematary,” and “The Best of Enemies,” with “Shazam!” taking the top spot on the box office domestic charts. A24’s sci-fi thriller “High Life” also opened in a few locations, taking the top spot in theater averages. The schedule is getting more crowded next weekend, when “Hellboy,” “Little,” “Missing Link,” and “After” premiere in movie theaters across the country.

Shazam!” had a $53.4M opening weekend across 4,217 locations. David F. Sandberg directed “Shazam!” and the film stars Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Djimon Hounsou, Meagan Good, and Adam Brody. The $53.4M opening earned “Shazam!” the ninth highest-grossing opening in April. The new release bumped Paramount Pictures’ “A Quiet Place,” which made $50M in 2018, down to tenth-place on the list. The DC installment came close to beating “Clash of the Titans,” another film from Warner Bros. Pictures, which made $61.2M in 2010.

Paramount Pictures’ “Pet Sematary” landed in second-place this weekend, bringing in $25M across 3,585 locations. “Pet Sematary” was directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer; the film stars Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow. The original “Pet Sematary” released in 1989 and made $12M across 1,585 locations. That film went on to make over $57.4M for Paramount Pictures.

Dumbo” dropped to third-place on the domestic charts this weekend, grossing $18.2M across 4,259 locations. Now in its second week in theaters, “Dumbo” has made over $76.2M domestically for Disney. “Dumbo” was directed by Tim Burton; the film features Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton, and Eva Green.

Universal Pictures’ “Us” remained in the top three this weekend, bringing in $13.8M across 3,512 locations. Now in its third week in theaters, “Us” has made over $152.3M domestically. Jordan Peele wrote and directed “Us” and the film stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Elisabeth Moss.

Captain Marvel” wrapped up the top five this weekend with a $12.6M showing across 3,573 locations. The film recently flew past the $1B mark in theaters, and has made over $374M domestically for Disney. “Captain Marvel” was directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck; the film features Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Clark Gregg, Jude Law, and Gemma Chan.

Not making the top five but worth mentioning is this week’s other big release, the drama “The Best of Enemies” from STX. The film made $4.5M across 1,705 locations. “The Best of Enemies” was written and directed by Robin Bissell; the film features Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, John Gallagher Jr., and Bruce McGill.

A24’s “High Life” sci-fi thriller opened in four locations this weekend, but still pulled in $100K for the studio. Claire Denis directed “High Life,” which features Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Andre Benjamin, and Mia Goth.

As we mentioned earlier, the big release next weekend is “Hellboy” from director Neil Marshall. The film features David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, and Daniel Dae Kim. “Missing Link” is also opening in theaters, giving the younger crowd something to see if “Hellboy” is considered a little too violent. The animated-comedy was written and directed by Chris Butler and features the voice talents of Zach Galifianakis, Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, and Timothy Olyphant. The adult-comedy “Little,” from director Tina Gordon Chism, is also opening in an estimated 2,600 locations next weekend. These films will have to battle the YA romantic drama “After” next week, which stars Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin.

The Weekend Box Office Results are updated every Sunday.

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