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Weekly Box Office Work-Up: ‘Shazam!’ Stays Strong While ‘Hellboy’ Disappoints More Than Just His Father

Another weekend has come and gone, which means it’s time to dissect the weekend box office. I’ve held off until the actual numbers came in, so without further ado, let’s break down the top five films from the weekend!

1.) Shazam!

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Domestic Gross: $24.4M

Weekly Decline: -54%

Worldwide Total: $258M

Production Cost: $100M

Distributor: Warner Bros.

Shazam! stayed strong in its second week, fending off a slew of newcomers to keep its top spot at the box office. Warner Bros. and DC’s superhero comedy dropped a normal -54% to $24.4M. Domestically, the film thus far has swooped up $94.2M. Worldwide, Shazam! is flying high with $258M as it closes in on breaking even.


2.) Little

Little

Domestic Gross: $15.4

Weekly Decline: N/A

Worldwide Total: $2M (est.)

Production Cost: $20M

Distributor: Universal

Universal’s comedy Little kicked off in second place with a $15.4M debut, leading the week’s batch of new releases. Internationally, the film took in an estimated $2M for a worldwide haul of $17.4M. With a relatively small $20M production budget, the film is off to a fine start financially. Critically, the film is about split with a 47% via Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences were also mixed, giving the film a mediocre “B+” CinemaScore. It will be interesting to see how Little holds up in its second go-round.


3.) Hellboy (2019)

HellboyDomestic Gross: $12M

Weekly Decline: N/A

Worldwide Total: $12M

Production Cost: $50M

Distributor: Lionsgate

Lionsgate’s Hellboy reboot came in well below expectations with $12M, which was good enough for third place; however, the studio had it pegged for a $17M-$20M debut. The film was obliterated by critics and currently sits at an abysmal 15% on the Tomatometer. Audiences weren’t too keen on it either, giving it a poor “C” CinemaScore. Hellboy‘s poor reception isn’t all too surprising as the film was pushed back initially from January amid reports of tumultuous tensions between producers, director Neil Marshall and star David Harbour.


4.) Pet Sematary

Pet Sematary

Domestic Gross: $9.7M

Weekly Decline: -60%

Worldwide Total: $76.5M

Production Cost: $21M

Distributor: Paramount

The remake of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary scared up $9.7M in its sophomore frame, dipping the industry average of -60%. That brings its domestic cume up to $40.8M, which is already enough to crack the top ten highest-grossing Stephen King adaptations of all time. If Pet Sematary manages a similar drop percentage-wise next weekend, then it has a good chance at topping Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, which is currently number nine on that list. At the global box office, the film has so far dug up $76.5M. That makes it the seventh highest-grossing Stephen King film on the worldwide spectrum (just behind the 2013 remake of Carrie).


5.) Dumbo

Dumbo

Domestic Gross: $9.4M

Weekly Decline: -48%

Worldwide Total: $268.9M

Production Cost: $170M

Distributor: Disney

For all the talk about Disney in the news recently, Dumbo is is not flying too high at the box office. The film opened below expectations three weeks ago and now in its third frame has scored $9.4 million domestically. When you pull back and look at the larger picture, Dumbo has grossed $268.9M worldwide. While that would be a stellar haul for almost any other film, the production budget behind Tim Burton’s latest is reportedly a jaw-dropping $170M. Going by industry averages, that means the film needs to make around $510M to even break even. As it stands, this could be a rare loss for Disney, despite Dumbo now cracking the top eight of Disney’s live-action reimaginings in North America.


Those were your top five films at the box office this past weekend. What do you think? Are you shocked by any of the results? Were you expecting more from a certain film? Did you see any of these films? If so, what did you think? Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts!

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