'Shazam!' #1 for Second Weekend as 'Little' Tops 'Hellboy' to Lead Newcomers

by Brad Brevet

April 14, 2019

After four straight weekends featuring a new #1 film at the weekend box office, Warner Bros.'s Shazam! took the crown for a second weekend in a row, topping a flurry of newcomers that delivered varying returns. Universal's Little secured the runner-up position, out-performing Lionsgate and Summit's Hellboy, which struggled amidst a flurry of negative reviews ahead of release not to mention reports of tension during production. Additionally, United Artists's release of Laika's Missing Link missed expectations and Aviron's After out-performed pre-weekend expectations.

At the top of the box office is Shazam!, which delivered an estimated $25.1 million in its second weekend, a drop of -53%, for a domestic cume just shy of $95 million. The film also topped the global box office for a second weekend in a row as it added $35.9 million internationally for an overseas cume that now stands at $163.9 million and a global tally reaching $258.8 million.

Universal's Little led all newcomers, delivering an estimated $15.5 million in its debut, for a second place finish. The $20 million production received a "B+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences and, over the weekend, played to a crowd that was 65% female and 56% were aged 25 or older. Additionally, the film played to a crowd that was 43% African American.

Internationally, Little debuted in 11 markets with an estimated $1.9 million led by a $751k debut in the UK. Upcoming key market releases include a June 14 debut in Spain followed by France (Jun 19), Italy (Jul 4) and Russia (Aug 8).

Lionsgate's release of Summit's Hellboy struggled in its debut, delivering a mere $12 million, well below the studio's anticipated $17-20 million opening. The film faced plenty of negativity heading into its weekend from mostly negative reviews to reports of tension during production. Opening weekend audiences were 56% male and 64% aged 25 or older and of that crowd, opening day moviegoers gave the pic a disappointing "C" CinemaScore.

In fourth is Paramount's Pet Sematary, which dipped -59% in its sophomore frame, which was to be expected, finishing with an estimated $10 million three-day, pushing the film's domestic gross over $41 million after ten days in release. Internationally, the film added $12.6 million this weekend, pushing its overseas cume to $35.7 million for global tally that now stands at $76.8 million.

Rounding out the top five is Disney's Dumbo, which dipped -49.6% as it entered its third week in release, finishing with an estimated $9.18 million and a domestic cume just shy of $90 million. The film also added another $22 million internationally this weekend for an overseas cume that now totals $177 million and a global tally that stands at $267 million.

Elsewhere, Aviron's After topped pre-weekend expectations, delivering an estimated $6 million from 2,138 locations. The film received a "B" CinemaScore from opening day audiences while playing to a crowd that was 76% female and 73% of the overall opening weekend crowd was under the age of 25 as young females powered the film's debut.

Finishing in ninth is United Artists's release of Laika's Missing Link, which was expected to deliver anywhere from $9-12 million this weekend, but could only muster $5.8 million from 3,413 locations, and a disappointing $1,712 per theater average. As noted in our pre-weekend forecast, the pic was pacing behind recent Laika releases as well as last March's Sherlock Gnomes, suggesting awareness and interest in the film was light heading into the weekend. In the end, Laika's brand wasn't enough to propel the film's opening alone, resulting in the worst wide opening for the animation house to date.

In limited release, Ledafilms's Mia and the White Lion opened with a disappointing $238,903 from 312 locations ($766 PTA); IFC's Mary Magdalene opened in 62 theaters with an estimated $62,436 ($1,007 PTA); Bleecker's Teen Spirit brought in $44,361 from four theaters ($11,090 PTA); Gunpowder & Sky's Her Smell delivered an estimated $39,058 from three theaters for a chart-topping $13,019 per theater average; Greenwich's Wild Nights with Emily brought in an estimated $33,000 from three locations ($11,000 PTA); and Kino Lorber's release of Bi Gan's 3-D feature Long Day's Journey Into Night brought in $27,896 from three locations ($9,298 PTA).

Next week sees a pair of films opening on Wednesday, including Fox's Breakthrough and Disney's latest Disneynature documentary, Penguins. Then, on Friday, Warner Bros. will release The Curse of La Llorona in over 3,400 locations as we inch closer to the release of Avengers: Endgame at the end of the month.

You can check out all of this weekend's estimated results right here and we'll be updating our charts with weekend actuals on Monday afternoon.

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