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Shazam! remains on top in US as Hellboy reboot goes up in flames


Story by Jack Foley

DC superhero flick Shazam! has remained on top of the US box office for a second weekend with $25.1 million, thereby sending rival comic book film Hellboy up in flames.

The film saw only a 53% drop off in its sophomore run, underlining its appeal to kids and families. It means Shazam!‘s 10-day US tally stands at $94.9 million.

Overseas, it also topped the chart with a further $35.9 million for $258.8 million globally. China leads the way with $40.4 million, followed by the UYK ($11.7 million) and Mexico ($10.1 million).

Shazam!‘s success came at the expense of Neil Marshall’s Hellboy, which had to settle for third spot with a disappointing $12 million. The film, which attracted largely negative reviews, cost an estimated $50 million to make and was expected to launch a new franchise which played to more adult audiences.

The film carries an R rating for extreme violence and gore, whereas Guillermo del Toro’s original Hellboy films carried more family-friendly 12A certificates.

By contrast, 2004’s Hellboy debuted to $23.2 million, while Hellboy II: The Golden Army took in $34.5 million, not adjusted for inflation. Both films starred Ron Perlman, while the reboot finds Stranger Things star David Harbour donning the horns.

In second spot, ahead of Hellboy, was another new release, body-swapping comedy Little, starring Regina Hall, Marsai Martin and Issa Rae.

That film took $15.5 million, while the story follows a tech boss (Hall) who wakes up one morning as her 13-year-old self (Martin). Martin actually executive produced Little after coming up with the idea for the movie at the age of 10.

Elsewhere in the US, horror movie Pet Sematary placed fourth in its second weekend with $10 million, for a North American total of $41.1 million.

While Disney and Tim Burton’s Dumbo reboot rounded out the top five with $9.2 million in its third outing for a generally disappointing US total of $89.9 million and $266.9 million globally (its overseas weekend gross was $22 million).

There was, however, better news for Disney and Marvel’s blockbuster Captain Marvel, which followed Dumbo in sixth spot with $8.6 million for a whopping global haul of $1.06 billion.

And Jordan Peele’s Us continued to be profitable in its fourth weekend, holding at No. 7 with $6.9 million for a US haul of $163.5 million and $236 million worldwide.