Weekend B.O.: Lightning strikes Shazam twice

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Well, well, well, it looks like Warner Bros. has its second straight superhero hit on its hands as David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! held onto the number 1 spot this weekend.

The follow up to the global hit Aquaman struck $25.1 million domestically, bringing its 10-day cume to $94.9 million.

This may not seem like a ton, especially for a superhero flick, a good one at that, but remember except for us old folks, Shazam! was basically unknown.

Also, the good news here for WB is the film’s budget was $100m which is far below the usual $250m put into these films. Shazam! also took in another $124m internationally, so the film has earned $221m.

Holding at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and an A audience score from Cinemascore, things are looking good for “The Big Red Cheese” to take the top position again for a most likely a slow Easter weekend, before a little indie film known as Avengers: Endgame wrecks the box office the following.

As for newcomer, Hellboy, the critically-maligned Neal Marshall reboot went to that place where bad films tend to go. You know that four-letter word place – flop.

With such poor word of mouth, the R-rated reboot of the Dark Horse Comics hero sits third on the charts with a $12 million. Even with a budget of fairly low budget of $50 million, this will have a hard time make its money.

The Lionsgate/Millennium film currently has a 15% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes and a C on CinemaScore. This will be on Netflix… before you can say Netflix.

Also fighting for an audience is Laika’s latest stop-motion animated film, Missing Link, which was distributed by United Artists on 3,413 screens. Unlike Hellboy, this film had characteristically strong reception for a Laika film with an 88% Rotten Tomatoes score and a B+ on CinemaScore.

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One new release that did do well was Universal’s Little, which opened with a $15.5 million opening. Produced by Will Packer Productions on a $20 million budget, the film received mixed review with a 50% Rotten Tomatoes score.

Here are the top 10 worldwide grosses:

Source: ComScore

Source: ComScore

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