It was a horror mood for Easter weekend as The Curse of La Llorona beat expectations and topped the box office.The film earned an estimated $26.5 million domestically. The film received a “B-” CinemaScore from the audience which was 51% male and 60% of the crowd aged 25 or older. It received just a 32% by critics on RottenTomatoes and 41 on Metacritic.
Internationally, the film launched in 71 markets with an estimated $30 million for a $56.5 million worldwide launch. That’s impressive since the film had a budget of just $9 million and it has yet to open in the UK or Japan.
Shazam! dropped to second place after three weeks earning an estimated $17.3 million to bring its domestic total to $121.3 million. Internationally the film earned $22 million to bring its international earning to $201.5 million for a worldwide total of $322.8 million.
In third place was the faith-based film Breakthrough which earned an estimated $11.1 million over three days and $14.6 million over five days. The film also received an “A” CinemaScore and the audience was 65% was female and 70% were aged 25 and older. Internationally, the film is in its second weekend in 20 markets where it earned an estimated $2.8 million for an international total of $5.9 million.
In fourth place was Captain Marvel which saw an increase despite losing locations. It moved up from sixth place last weekend. It’s no doubt seeing a boost due to Avengers: Endgame which opens this week. The film earned an estimated $9.1 million to bring its domestic earning to $400 million. The film also added $6.5 million overseas to bring that total to $689.5 million for a worldwide total of $1.090 billion.
In fifth place was Little which dropped from second place earning an estimated $8.5 million to bring its domestic total to $29.4 million. Internationally, the film added $1.4 million to its total which is now $4.8 million.
In other comic films….
Hellboy dropped 67.8% from third place last weekend to #10. It earned $3.9 million to bring its domestic total to $19.7 million. With a budget of $50 million, the film is an absolute failure and needs a miracle to turn things around.
We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into 2018 and 2019’s comic film adaptations.