Box Office: 'Shazam!' Earns $25M to Stay No. 1; 'Hellboy' Goes Up in Flames With $12M
Elsewhere, 'Little' laughed its way to a $15.5 million bow, while 'After' and 'Missing Link' both opened to around $6 million.
New Line and DC's Shazam! easily stayed No. 1 in its second outing, earning $25.1 million from 4,306 theaters and sending rival superhero pic Hellboy up in flames.
Shazam! fell a respectable 53 percent, underscoring its appeal among kids and families. The pic's 10-day domestic tally stands at $94.9 million. Overseas, it also topped the chart with $35.9 million for $258.8 million globally. China led internationally with $40.4 million, followed by the U.K. ($11.7 million) and Mexico ($10.1 million).
Universal's Little — the new body-swapping comedy starring Regina Hall, Marsai Martin and Issa Rae — likewise trounced Hellboy with $15.5 million from 2,667 locations for a second-place finish.
Hellboy, following in third place, took in $12 million from 3,303 theaters after getting skewered by critics and earning a C CinemaScore from audiences. The R-rated remake had been expected to clear $16 million to $21 million. Millennium financed the pic, with Lionsgate acquiring distribution rights in the U.S. and the U.K. and paying for marketing.
Overseas, Hellboy also failed to catch fire, earning $10.1 million from 41 markets.
The $50 million movie, directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones), opened notably behind the first two installments in the series, which were both helmed by Guillermo del Toro. In 2004, the original Hellboy debuted to $23.2 million, while Hellboy II: The Golden Army took in $34.5 million, not adjusted for inflation. Both films starred Ron Perlman.
This time out, David Harbour (Stranger Things) stars as the titular figure. Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim and Thomas Haden Church co-star. The male-skewing reboot skewed older, with 63 percent of ticket buyers over the age of 25.
Directed by Tina Gordon Chism and produced by Will Packer, Little revolves around a tech boss (Hall) who wakes up one morning as her 13-year-old self (Martin). The young actress executive produced Little after coming up with the idea for the movie at the age of 10. Little earned a B+ CinemaScore.
The comedy, featuring an African-American filmmaker and cast, was fueled by a diverse audience. Overall, people of color made up 72 percent of ticket buyers, led by African-Americans (43 percent).
Overseas, Little opened in its first 11 markets, grossing $1.9 million for a $17.4 million globally.
Elsewhere on the North American chart, Paramount's Pet Sematary placed fourth in its second weekend with $10 million, a decline of nearly 60 percent and putting the pic's domestic total at $41.1 million.
Disney and Tim Burton's Dumbo rounded out the top five with $9.2 million in its third outing for a disappointing domestic cume of $89.9 million and $266.9 million globally (its overseas weekend gross was $22 million). Disney and Marvel's blockbuster Captain Marvel followed at No. 6 with $8.6 million for an eye-popping global cume of $1.06 billion.
Jordan Peele and Universal's shockingly profitable Us, holding at No. 7 in its fourth session, earned $6.9 million for a domestic cume of $163.5 million and $236 million worldwide.
Among the weekend's other new offerings, the steamy college romance After placed No. 8 with an estimated $6.2 million, ahead of expectations. Overseas, it pulled in a pleasing $12.3 million from its first 28 markets, including previews. It did best in its first European markets, led by Italy with an impressive $3.4 million and Germany ($2.9 million). After opens in France and Russia next weekend, among other territories,
Often compared to Fifty Shades of Grey for the younger set, the indie pic is an adaptation of Anna Todd's best-selling novel about a college freshman who falls for the campus bad-boy that turned into a viral sensation after appearing on the social storytelling platform Wattpad in 2014. Females made up more than 75 of ticket buyers, with half of the audience between ages 18 and 24.
Directed by Jenny Gage, After stars Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin and Pia Mia. The $14 million film, co-financed by Voltage and distributed by Aviron in the U.S., earned a B CinemaScore.
Annapurna's stop-motion pic Missing Link fell flat in its domestic launch with $5.8 million, the lowest start ever for production house Laika. It had been tracking to take in $8 million to $12 million. The Victorian era-set story is voiced by Hugh Jackman, Zach Galifianakis and Zoe Saldana. Missing Link earned glowing reviews, while audiences gave it a B+ CinemaScore.
STXfilms' The Best of Enemies placed No. 10 in its second weekend. The civil rights drama fell 54 percent to $2 million for a total of $8.1 million.