The new Hellboy can’t stand up to Shazam in its opening weekend at the box office. Hellboy will open in third place, earning $12 million from 3,303 locations in its first weekend.
Shazam bags the 1st Position
Shazam remains in first place with another $25 million for the weekend, bringing its domestic box office total to almost $95 million. The film is directed by David F. Sandberg and written by Henry Gayden. It’s based on the DC character Shazam, first known as Captain Marvel, who was created by CC Beck and Billy Parker for Fawcett Comics in 1940. Asher Angel plays Bill Batson and Zachary Levi plays Billy’s superhero alter ego, Shazam. In this superhero-comedy film, Shazam takes on the villain Dr. Sivana, played by Mark Strong. The film also stars Jack Dylan Graer as Billy’s friend Freddy Freeman and Djimon Hounsou as the wizard who grants Billy his powers.
We all have a superhero inside of us — it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In 14-year-old Billy Batson’s case, all he needs to do is shout out one word to transform into the adult superhero Shazam. Still a kid at heart, Shazam revels in the new version of himself by doing what any other teen would do — have fun while testing out his newfound powers. But he’ll need to master them quickly before the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana can get his hands on Shazam’s magical abilities.
Little at 2nd Position
Jordan is a take-no-prisoners tech mogul who torments her long-suffering assistant, April, and the rest of her employees on a daily basis. She soon faces an unexpected threat to her personal life and career when she magically transforms into a 13-year-old version of herself right before a do-or-die presentation. Jordan will now need to rely on April more than ever — if April is willing to stop treating Jordan like a 13-year-old child who has an attitude problem.
Little is directed by Tina Golden and stars Regina Hall, Issa Rae, and Marsai Martin.
Hellboy at 3rd Place
Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.
Hellboy is directed by Neil Marshall and stars David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim, and Thomas Haden Church.
Pet Semetary at 4th place
Pet Sematary moves into fourth place in its second weekend. It is the second film adaptation of Stephen King’s 1983 horror novel. The 2019 update is earning $10 million this weekend, bringing its total to $40.1 million. The film is directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer from a script written by Jeff Buhler.
Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his neighbor Jud Crandall, setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unspeakable evil with horrific consequences.
Dumbo at 5th place
Tim Burton’s live-action adaptation of Disney’s Dumbo moves into fifth place, earning another $9.2 million, bringing its box office total to $89 million.
Struggling circus owner Max Medici enlists a former star and his two children to care for Dumbo, a baby elephant born with oversized ears. When the family discovers that the animal can fly, it soon becomes the main attraction — bringing in huge audiences and revitalizing the run-down circus. The elephant’s magical ability also draws the attention of V.A. Vandevere, an entrepreneur who wants to showcase Dumbo in his latest, larger-than-life entertainment venture.
Captain Marvel at 6th
Captain Marvel moves into sixth place, earning another $8.6 million in its sixth weekend. That brings its domestic box office total to $386 million. The film has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide.
Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.
Captain Marvel is written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.
Us at 7th place
Jordan Peele’s Us moves into seventh place in its fourth weekend. The horror film will earn another $6.95 million, bringing its total to $163.5 million.
Accompanied by her husband, son anddaughter, Adelaide Wilson returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, the family is horrified to learn that each attacker takes the appearance of one of them.
After at 8th Position
Tessa Young is a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart. Entering her first semester of college, Tessa’s guarded world opens up when she meets Hardin Scott, a mysterious and brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself — and what she wants out of life.
After is directed by Jenny Gage from a screenplay by Gage, Susan McMartin and Tamara Chestna based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Anna Todd. The film stars Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes-Tiffin.
Missing Link at 9th place
Laika’s latest stop-motion animation feature,Missing Link, opens in ninth place. The film earned $1.7 million on Friday leading into a $5.84 million opening weekend.
The Best of Enemies at 10th Position
The true story of the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader. During the racially charged summer of 1971, Atwater and Ellis come together to co-chair a community summit on the desegregation of schools in Durham, N.C. The ensuing debate and battle soon lead to surprising revelations that change both of their lives forever.
The Best of Enemies is written and directed by Robin Bissell. The film is based on the book The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, Bruce McGill, John Gallagher Jr., and Nick Searcy.
Reviews on ‘Hellboy’
Says social media monitor RelishMix about Hellboy‘s nasty word of mouth, “Hardcore Hellboy fans to casual ticket buyers are asking, ‘Do we need another iteration of this guy?’ Even if they agree, some are asking why Ron Perlman, who starred in del Toro’s two films, was replaced. This side of the convo fence doesn’t get the jokes and seem generally frustrated with the knee-jerk reboots that seem common in today’s Hollywood.”
That said, there was an earnest attempt here to tap Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall, who was behind the “Blackwater” and “The Watchers on the Wall” episodes. But critics have deep-sixed the movie at 15% Rotten (we hear the film wasn’t widely available to critics to be screened, so that tells you something right there). Worse, CinemaScore audiences have slapped Hellboy with a ‘C’ grade, lower than del Toro’s first 2004 movie (B-) and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (B). PostTrak audience like it less than CinemaScore folks at 2 1/2 stars and a 44% recommend. Men over 25 repped 38% of the crowd, females over 25 were close to a third. Caucasians numbered 47% followed by Hispanic audiences at 23%, Asian at 14% and African American at 11%. Millennium spent $50M to make the movie. “Millennium will be fine, they will always be fine,” said an international distribution exec yesterday, “When are they not?” Lionsgate, though, is bound to get the short end of the stick here after acquiring UK and US on the pic and being on the hook for P&A. For a studio that needs more franchises, Hellboy isn’t the one.
CinemaScore audiences, who are typically hard on comedy, gave the movie a B+, while the Marsai Martin film gets four stars on PostTrak and a 62% recommend. Revised exits as of Sunday AM show African Americans repped 43% of the audience, followed by 28% Caucasian, 21% Hispanic, and 4% Asian. Little overperformed in Atlanta, Houston, Washington DC and was generally better across the South and in the Northeast. Little‘s ticket buyers were comprised of 65% female, 56% under 25 in updated exits.
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