DC Comics “Shazam!” opened in first place at the box office this weekend. The film earned $53.5 million over the weekend, above analyst predictions of $40 million to $45 million, plus $3 million in advanced screenings for a cumulative $56.8 million. Internationally, the film earned $102 million for a global gross of $158.8 million.
“Shazam!” earned $98-million movie earned positive reviews with an A rating on CinemaScore and a 91% “fresh” rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, among the best reviews yet for a DC Universe film.
In second place, the “Pet Sematary” remake opened with $25 million, which is the second best opening for a Stephen King adaptation behind 2017’s “It,” which opened with $123.4 million.
Disney’s “Dumbo” landed in third place, adding $18.2 million in its second weekend, “Us” came in at 4th place with $13.8 million in its third weekend (a 58% drop) for a cumulative $152.4 million, and rounding out the top five, “Captain Marvel” added $12.7 million in its fifth weekend for a cumulative $374.1 million and has surpassed $1 billion in global grosses.