'Shazam!' debuts with $53.5M as DC Comics claims another win

'Shazam!' debuts with $53.5M as DC Comics claims another win

Gal Gadot has penned a heartfelt letter to Shazam star Zachary Levi, welcoming him to the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz and John Lithgow, it scared up an estimated $25 million in its debut weekend. It's a decent start for the Stephen King adaptation, though far from the haul that the last big-screen adaptation of King's conjured up. Not to mention, add in the $17.3 million in sales overseas and Pet Sematary now has a grand total of $42.3 million.

Sandberg's début into super heroics brought in $20.3 million Friday.

Dumbo flies in at No. 3 with $18.2 million, descending pretty rapidly for Disney. To date, it's collected $216.5 million worldwide.

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Stephen King adaptation Pet Sematary landed in third place with £1.3m, while superhero rival Captain Marvel came fourth with £1.2m in its fifth week of play to bolster a total that now sits at £34.6m. Five Feet Apart dropped a few spots to seventh place with $3.7 million over the weekend to raise its four-week cumulative total to $41.6 million. The film also added $14.1 million internationally for a global total of $1.037 billion, which moves it into the top 30 all-time. Disney is the parent company of Marvel and ABC News. Warner Bros' latest superhero adventure easily topped charts in North America, pocketing US$53 million when it debuted in 4,217 venues.

Paramount's release of Pet Sematary was the runner up this weekend with an estimated $25 million. That gap is shrinking as films like Captain Marvel and Us impress audiences, and Marvel's Avengers: Endgame, the studio's epic conclusion that is expected to shatter records, could help close that margin even more.

The final newcomer this weekend was STX's Best of Enemies. Unplanned, $3.2 million 9. Don't feel too bad for it, though, with a budget of only $10 million, The Best of Enemies will be making some profit by the end of the coming weekend.

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