“Shazam!” powered its way to the top of the weekend box office, with the family-friendly superhero flick delivering a solid $53.5-million domestic opening.
This was enough to capture the No. 1 spot, held last weekend by “Dumbo”, which fell to third place after a whopping 60-per-cent drop from its debut weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, Disney’s live-action remake earned just $18.2 million at the domestic box office in its second weekend and has so far only brought in $76 million domestically — nearly $100 million less than its reported $170-million budget.
“Pet Sematary” captured the No. 2 spot with an opening-weekend domestic gross of $25 million, with the rest of the weekend’s top five comprising Jordan Peele’s “Us” in fourth place (adding $13.8 million for a three-week domestic total of $152.3 million) and “Captain Marvel” at No. 5 ($12.6 million in its fifth weekend, with a domestic total to date of $374 million).
While there have been bigger superhero movies than “Shazam!”, the film also brought in an additional $102 million from international markets and is seen as a winner by the studio.
As Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein tells Variety, the “Big”-meets-“Superman” premise is “about having fun”: “‘Wonder Woman and ‘Aquaman’ were very dark and dramatic and different. It shows we’re making a variety of different movies that can all live in the same space.”