Warner Bros. Pictures comic book adaptation Shazam! took over first place at the box office with an estimated $54.5 million domestically from 4,217 theaters, an average of $12,675 per theater. The film has grossed $56.8 million in North America if you include the early Fandango screenings.
Internationally, Shazam! generated an estimated $102 million this weekend from 79 overseas markets. It was easily the top film overseas and also ranked No. 1 in 60 out of the 79 markets, including China where the movie made $30.9 million. The worldwide total is at $158.8 million so far. Other top territories included Mexico ($6.2 million), UK ($5.3 million), Russia ($5.2 million), and Brazil ($5.1 million). The final market for Shazam! to open in will be Japan on April 19th.
$13.5 million from the film’s worldwide total came from 1,345 IMAX screens worldwide, making it the best ever opening for a Warner Bros. IMAX release in April. In North America, Shazam! earned $6.1 million from 405 IMAX screens. The day and date release in China earned $4 million from 599 IMAX screens, while other international markets contributed a further $3.4 million.
Made for $100 million, Shazam! received an A CinemaScore from audiences and should play well in the weeks ahead with good word of mouth. The film was directed by David F. Sandberg and stars Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Djimon Hounsou.
Opening in second place was Pet Sematary (Paramount Pictures), a new adaptation of the Stephen King novel. The film earned $25 million from 3,585 theaters, an average of $6,974 per site. Pet Sematary also opened in 46 international markets where it grossed $17.3 million, with the top country being Russia with $3.1 million. That puts the film at $42.3 million worldwide.
Pet Sematary was made for $21 million and received a C+ CinemaScore. Directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, the film stars Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, Jeté Laurence, Hugo & Lucas Lavoie, and John Lithgow.
Disney’s Dumbo dropped 60% in ticket sales and to third place with $18.2 million its second weekend. The Tim Burton-directed live-action adaptation has made $76.3 million domestically. It added $39.6 million from 55 international markets, to take its overseas total to $137.5 million and worldwide sum to $213.8 million. Made for about $170 million, Dumbo stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, Finley Hobbins, and Nico Parker.
Jordan Peele’s Us (Universal Pictures) dropped two spots to fourth with another $13.8 million and taking its three-week domestic total to $152.4 million. With an additional $64.2 million from 63 international markets, Us has now grossed $216.6 million globally. The $20 million film, written, directed and produced by Peele, stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Anna Diop, Evan Alex, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Madison Curry, Cali Sheldon, and Noelle Sheldon.
Rounding out the top five, Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel added $12.7 million in North America and has now earned $374.1 million after five weeks. The movie also earned $14.1 million internationally this weekend and is now up to $663.5 million overseas (with $153.6 million from China). That means the global total for Captain Marvel is now at $1.038 billion. It now stands as the No. 9 global superhero genre release of all time and the No. 30 overall global release of all time.
Captain Marvel was directed by the writing/directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. The film stars Academy Award winner Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.
STXfilms also opened drama The Best of Enemies in 1,705 theaters, where the film earned $4.5 million, good for sixth place. Starring Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell, the film received an A CinemaScore from audiences. Written and directed by Robin Bissell, The Best of Enemies cost just $10 million to make and also stars Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, Nick Searcy, John Gallagher Jr., and Bruce McGill.
CBS Films romantic drama Five Feet Apart added $3.7 million in seventh place and has earned $41.6 million after four weeks, while Pure Flix’s pro-life film Unplanned grossed $3.2 million and has earned $12.5 million after two weeks.
A24 released director Claire Denis’ sci-fi movie High Life as well in four theaters. Starring Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, and Mia Goth, the film brought in $100,028, which is an average of $25,007 per theater.