Weekend box office: 'Hellboy' fizzles as 'Shazam!' strikes again

(L-r) JACK DYLAN GRAZER as Freddy Freeman and ZACHARY LEVI as Shazam in New Line Cinema's action adventure "SHAZAM!," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Photo: Warner Bros.)

Weekend Box Office: April 12-14, 2019

(KUTV) — With just over $25 million, “Shazam!” will retain the top spot on the domestic charts. The film fell 53%, which is just about where studios hope their films will land in their second weekends. After 10 days, the domestic total is $94.9 million. Worldwide the film has made $221 million against a $100 million budget. Those aren’t huge numbers, but it does pretty much guarantee that the film will make a profit.

In second place is “Little,” a film that finds a grown woman waking up in the body of her younger tween self, with $15.5 million. That’s about where the film was expected to finish and considering its modest $20-million budget, Universal must be pleased with the results.

On the other hand, Lionsgate must be feeling a bit queasy as the “Hellboy” reboot finds itself in third place with only $12 million against a budget of $50 million. International numbers will need to be phenomenal if “Hellboy” is to break even. Not that Lionsgate put much faith in it in the end. The film wasn’t screened for local critics and those who have watched the movie have given it low marks. I saw a public screening on Thursday night. it’s easily the most disappointing film up to this point in 2019.

Pet Sematary” fell 59% from last week with $10 million. Horror films generally have larger drops in their second weekends than other mainstream films. The movie has earned $41 million domestically against its $21-milion budget. It’s also earned $35 million internationally for a worldwide total of $76 million. I don’t think the sky is falling.

Dumbo” managed to barely hold off “Captain Marvel” with a weekend total of $9 million. Domestically the film has earned $89.9 million and will likely plateau at $100 million. Overseas the numbers have been stronger giving the film a somewhat respectable worldwide total of $266.9 million. The film really needs to hit at least $300 million before we can start talking about a profit in the traditional sense. Who knows how many plush-toy purchases and trips to Disneyland the film has inspired.

"Missing Link," a delightful animated film, went unnoticed and finished in ninth place with $5.8 million.

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