While it didn’t have the same gargantuan opening we’ve gotten used to from superhero blockbusters, the $53.4 million opening for Shazam! marked another impressive debut for a DC standalone film.
Heading into the weekend, experts predicted a softer opening in the $40 million to $45 million range. Unlike some of its peers, Shazam! wasn’t overly expensive with only a $98 million budget.
With impressive word of mouth and A rating from CinemaScore as well as a 91% freshness score on Rotten Tomatoes, Shazam should do well in its second weekend and could potentially hold the top spot at the box office until Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters at the end of the month.
Worldwide the film has brought in a solid $102 million.
The other big newcomer, Pet Cemetery, also fared well with a $25 million opening. That’s already recouped the film’s $21 million budget.
Dumbo came in at No.3 adding another $18.2 million to take its total to $77 million. With a $170 million budget, the Disney film isn’t exactly soaring, but should keep steadily earning to eventually make a decent profit. Worldwide it’s brought in $137.5 million to take its total to $213 million.
Us ($13.8 million) and Captain Marvel ($12.6 million) rounded out the Top 5 to take their respective domestic totals to $152.3 million and $374 million. Worldwide, Captain Marvel is at $1,037 billion, which is good for No.30 on the all-time list.