Zachary Levi’s Shazam dominates the worldwide box office with a haul of $1.14billion
This past weekend, the battle of the box office was won, unsurprisingly by Warner Bros/New Line new DC movie ‘Shazam!‘. The debut of the newest superhero on the block earned $56,7million including preview showings. This puts it behind the opening of ‘Aquaman’ back in December, which opened with $67.8million on its way to swimming towards $335million in the United States and $1.14billion worldwide.
The PG-13 rated Zachary Levi starring action comedy took a further $102million worldwide to land an opening weekend gross of £158.7million on an estimated $100million budget. Critics and audiences embraced the film and its characters, gaining the film a 91% average on Rotten Tomatoes. Time will tell if the film can reach the magical $1billion mark amongst the crowded summer fare. However, Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, took to social media this weekend, offering her congratulations to the cast and crew of the film and welcoming Levi and his character to the stable. It shows that the DC universe does indeed have their own little ‘Kliq’ with their characters and the actors and actresses that play them.
Scaring itself into second place was the new adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary‘. The film managed to bring in $25million on an estimated $21million budget and $42.3million worldwide. The Jason Clarke/John Lithgow starring horror didn’t even come close to reaching the $123.4million start that ‘IT’ attained back in 2017. However, it did beat the $19.1million opening of ‘The Dark Tower’, again back in 2017. Audiences and critics are divided on the film, gaining it a 61% average on Rotten Tomatoes. Many people have complained about the switch the film pulls from the original source material and the original (inferior) version of the film. But it still managed to scare up enough business to justify its remake and to lay to rest the curse of the King movie at the box office.
Slipping down to third place, the live-action remake of ‘Dumbo’ dropped 60% from its opening last weekend. The film now has a domestic total of $76.2million after its $18.2million weekend and $213.7million worldwide against an estimated $170million budget. the film seems to still have legs (or wings) yet but at this point, can’t be considered a successful remake. This may prove troubling to Disney who will now be watching how ‘Aladdin’ and ‘The Lion King‘ fare when they are released later this summer.
Dropping to fourth was writer/director Jordan Peele’s ‘US‘. The film has now managed to secure a domestic total of $152.3million and $216.5million worldwide against a $20million budget, again scoring a huge success for Peele and confirming his position as the ‘Go to’ guy nowadays for top-notch entertainment.
‘Captain Marvel’ continues to hold her own despite falling to fifth. Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers debut took in another $12.6million, bringing her domestic total to $374.1million after five weeks of release against its $170million budget. More importantly, though is the film has FINALLY broken the $1billion mark at the worldwide box office. We offer our congratulations to the whole cast and crew, the numbers are totally merited. And as the character will soon be appearing in ‘Avengers: Endgame’, we look forward to flying with her again shortly.
Sixth place went to another new release, ‘The Best Of Enemies’ which took $4.5million. The PG-13 drama, based on true events of racial tensions in North Carolina back in 1971 and starring Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson cost an estimated $10million to produce. Yet again, critics are divided on the film and its subject matter, giving the film a 52% average on Rotten Tomatoes.
‘Five Feet Apart’ dropped into seventh place with another $3.7million added to its coffers. Domestically, the PG-13 rated teen drama has now taken $41.5million and $62.5million worldwide against its $7million budget.
Controversial drama ‘Unplanned’ dropped 50% this weekend, coming in with a $3.2million take, bringing its total to $12.4million against its budget of $7million, earning it eighth place. The R rated anti-abortion film has suffered from its lack of TV spots and trailers on TV across the country, TV Studios distancing themselves from the subject matter.
At the tail end of the chart, animated films ‘Wonder Park’ in ninth position gained $2million more. bringing its total to $41.9million and ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ took a further $1.9million in the tenth position, bringing its total to $156.6million domestic.
Leaving the chart this weekend was R rated drama ‘Hotel Mumbai’, ‘Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral’ and after just one weekend in the chart, Matthew McConaughey comedy ‘The Beach Bum’. Meanwhile, in limited release, Director Claire Denis’ science fiction drama ‘High Life’ starring former ‘Twilight Saga’ star Robert Pattinson launched into theatres with a $25,000 per screen average. Critics have enjoyed the film, giving it a 91% average on Rotten Tomatoes.
Next weekend brings us stop-motion animated fare in the form of ‘Missing Link’, body-swapping comedy ‘Little’, the romantic drama ‘After’ and the R rated reboot of ‘Hellboy’ starring David Harbour as the eponymous devil. It remains to be seen if this new version of the comic book character resonates with audiences worldwide. Many fans of Guillermo Del Toro’s pair of films, starring the perfectly cast Ron Perlman as Hellboy are unimpressed with what they’ve seen so far, stating that they would rather have seen Toro and Perlman complete their movie trilogy for the character instead. But with the R rating in place and the feel of the film returning to its dark horror comic book roots, the film may surprise many people.
Will Hellboy conquer the Box Office next weekend? Will Shazam stand tall and stop him taking the top spot? Or will Missing Link surprise everyone and steal the crown from everyone else? Check back next week at The Future Of The Force to find out!
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Entertainment/Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter where he uses the force frequently!