Box Office: 'Shazam!' Clears $100M; 'Breakthrough' Starts Off With $1.7M
Both 'Breakthrough,' a faith-based film from Fox 2000, and the Disneynature doc 'Penguins' opened Wednesday in advance of Easter weekend.
New Line and DC's Shazam! has cleared the $100 million mark at the domestic box office after topping Wednesday's chart with $1.9 million from 4,306 theaters.
That puts the pic's North American total at $101.4 million as it heads into its third weekend. Globally, Shazam! is preparing to zoom past $300 million.
The faith-based film Breakthrough, the first Fox title released by new owner Disney, followed at No. 2 with a pleasing opening day gross of $1.7 million from 2,764 locations.
The Fox 2000 pic launched midweek in order to get a jump on Easter weekend. Breakthrough, which earned an A CinemaScore, is tracking to post a five-day bow in the $13 million-$17 million range, with many betting on the higher end.
Based on the book of the same name, Breakthrough recounts the inspirational true story of a mother's faith and love when her 14-year-old son falls through the ice into the freezing waters of a Missouri lake. As he lies lifeless in the hospital, her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for her child's recovery, even in the face of case history and scientific predictions.
Roxann Dawson directed the pic, with NBA star Stephen Curry among the executive producers alongside producer Devon Franklin (Miracles From Heaven). The cast includes Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Topher Grace and Dennis Haysbert.
Disney was on double duty Wednesday as it also launched the nature documentary Penguins in celebration of Earth Day 2019. The Ed Helms-narrated film waddled to $503,000 from 1,815 theaters for a projected five-day total of $5 million to $7 million. Penguins likewise earned an A CinemaScore.
On Friday, New Line's The Curse of La Llorona enters the fray. The film, based on a Latin-American ghost tale and the latest installment in the hit Conjuring franchise, is tracking to debut to $15 million to $20 million, meaning it could top fellow New Line holdover Shazam! and Breakthrough.
Easter weekend is notably devoid of a big event offering this year, with some saying it's because of Marvel and Disney's behemoth Avengers: Endgame, which is set to bow April 26.
Elsewhere, the Elle Fanning drama Teen Spirit expands nationwide Friday after posting the top location average of the April 12-14 weekend for the filmmakers and Bleecker Street. The specialty film was directed by Max Minghella, son of the late director Anthony Minghella.