Shazam! Shoots to No. 1

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Shazam! Wow!

Yes, it’s true: The World’s Mightiest Mortal now fronts the world’s mightiest movie. Shazam!, DC’s latest superhero flick, cleaned up at the box office this weekend, earning about $53.4 million in North America. It’s now polishing its No. 1 trophy that, I’m sure, the box office gives out to all its winners. It earned nearly twice that overseas, by the way, pushing its overall tally to a Shazam-riffic $158.8 million. Holy Moly.

Pet Sematary—the second movie to be based on the book that even author Stephen King thoughts was too disturbing to publish—dug up about $25 million in creepy receipts and crawled into second place. It’s the second biggest opening for a King-based movie ever, just behind 2017’s It. Pretty impressive, considering about 45 movies have been made based on the horror writer’s stories, with another three scheduled for later this year. Just goes to show that if there’s anything in King’s sphere that is truly impossible to kill, it just might be his own success.

Dumbo, last week’s No. 1 movie, flitted to third with $18.2 million, bringing its overall domestic haul to $76.3 million. That’s hardly enough to fill Disney’s big top, given that the company spent an estimated $170 million to bring the flying elephant to life. Sure, the film still has some lift in those ears, but more and more it’s looking like Dumbo might be just a 2019 sideshow, right alongside the bearded lady.

Us skittered into fourth place with $13.8 million. It’s the year’s third-biggest film with $152.4 million, and it’ll likely edge into second place (passing How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and its $156.7 million) by the time we reconvene next week.

Who’s No. 1 for the year? Why, Disney’s Captain Marvel, of course, which closed out the top five this weekend with another $12.7 million. Given that Shazam’s original name was also Captain Marvel (he only officially dropped it in 2012), this likely marks the first time in box-office history that two superheroes with the same historical name have finished in the top five. (Or maybe not, given that the now official Captain Marvel was originally named Ms. Marvel. Superheroes are confusing.)

Captain Marvel’s continuing success barred another newcomer, The Best of Enemies, from entering the top five. The feel-good, racially-charged, based-on-a-true-story movie earned just $4.5 million to land in sixth place.  Finally this week, Unplanned, which tells the story of former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson’s decision to leave that work and become a pro-life activist, came in at No. 8 with $3.2 million.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Karl The Klown 6 months ago
My post saying that I went and saw Pet Semetery this past week has been deleted....
Anonymous 6 months ago
Wow. That's sad. Did you enjoy it?

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Karl The Klown 6 months ago
Yeah it was great. One of the better horror films in the past few years. 

Lol, I think the mods are on my case XD
Anonymous 6 months ago
Lol. Probably!

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Anonymous 6 months ago
Wish I was one of the people that saw Shazam this weekend.

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Anonymous 6 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Also, I just reread your review of Shazam, Paul, (which was excellent), and I couldn't help but notice that you spelled Mortal Kombat incorrectly. (technically speaking, Combat is spelled correctly, but not when referencing the video game)
Paul Asay 6 months ago
Thanks, FCG. Much appreciated.
Isaiah Thacker 6 months ago
You know, when I first heard there was going to be a movie called "Shazam!" I automatically assumed it was going to be about Gomer Pyle.
Karl The Klown 6 months ago
Hahahaha! Exactly.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Haha, I wouldn't rule out the possibility. Ten years ago I would have laughed at the idea of an Andy Griffith Show reboot. But now, with recycled concepts and nostalgia for more innocent times being so in vogue, I can just see it happening. 

-- The Kenosha Kid
Anonymous 6 months ago
Probably won't though. I wish it would. More likely for a movie by Pure Flix lol.

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Anonymous 6 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Saw Captain Marvel this weekend and boy was it great!

Zachary Levi was perfect in the role! When I heard this movie was getting made, I personally wanted John Cena to play the title character, but honestly, I'm glad we got Levi instead. He fully embraced the persona of a 15 year old in a grown man's body and was perfect in the role! I also loved the humor and the family drama; Gave me the feels in a number of scenes to be frank.

It might not be may favorite DCEU film (that award still belongs to Aquaman), but Shazam makes for a close second! Looking forward to what the future of DC has in store for us! (Seriously DC, get on with that Green Lantern reboot and a new Superman film already!)
Karl The Klown 6 months ago
Hey! You were actually the first comment lol
Anonymous 6 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy 

I know right? And I’m not even bragging about it!
Karl The Klown 6 months ago
We could all learn from your humility 
Anonymous 6 months ago
I agree Aquaman will probably still be my favorite DCEU film. Hoping to see Shazam! this weekend.

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