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‘Shazam!’ soars at the box office with $53.4 million debut

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Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — Shazam! lived up to its hype, and then some, delivering an estimated $53.4 million in its opening weekend. Adding in the money earned from a Fandango special event last month, the film adaption of the DC comics character starring Zachary Levi as the titular character has earned a total of $56.7 million stateside.

Overseas, Shazam! grossed an estimated $102 million, bringing its global tally to around $158.8 million.

Second place belonged to the latest film adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary.  Starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz and John Lithgow, it scared up an estimated $25 million in its debut weekend. The makes it the second-largest opening for a Stephen King adaptation, behind 2017’s It. Pet Sematary took in an additional $17.3 million overseas.

The news wasn’t as good for Disney’s live-action remake of Dumbo, which fell to third place in its second week of release, putting it below expectations with an estimated $18.2 million. Internationally, the film delivered an estimated $39.6 million, bringing its worldwide total to over $214 million.

Jordan Peele’s horror thriller Us landed in fourth place, grabbing an estimated $13.8 million in its third week of release. Its domestic totals currently stand at upward of $152 million, which now places it among the top-grossing R-rated horror films ever. To date, it’s collected $216.5 million worldwide.

Rounding out the top five is Disney-Marvel’s Captain Marvel, delivering an estimated $12.68 million. The film has now topped $374 million in the U.S., with a global tally of around $1.037 billion.  Disney is the parent company of Marvel and ABC News.

The Best of Enemies, the civil rights drama starring Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell, could only muster a sixth-place finish, earning an estimated $4.5 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. Shazam!, $53.5 million
2. Pet Sematary, $25 million
3. Dumbo, $18.2 million
4. Us, $13.8 million
5. Captain Marvel, $12.68 million
6. The Best of Enemies, $4.5 million
7. Five Feet Apart, $3.7 million
8. Unplanned, $3.2 million
9. Wonder Park, $2 million
10. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, $1.985 million

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