‘Hellboy’ Flames Out as ‘Shazam’ Wins the Box Office For the Second Week

Suffering from blistering reviews, Neil Marshall’s reboot of Hellboy came in third at the box office this weekend. While Marshall is a favorite of genre fans, bad buzz and turned-up noses from Hellboy fans made sure the movie only earned $12 million against a $50 million budget.

Faring much better was Shazam, holding onto the top spot in its second week of release. With a weekend gross of $25 million, the film should pass $100 million by this time next week. The new body-switch comedy, Little, came in second with $15 million, nearly recouping its $20 million budget in three days.

Rounding out the top five were Pet Sematary, which only dropped 59% in its second week of release. This is better than most horror films. The average second-week drop-off for a scary movie is 75% to 80%. Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo was in fifth place, with $9 million.

Recapping, here’s how we thought the numbers would play out.

1) Shazam – $23 million
2) Missing Link – $20 million
3) Hellboy – $15 million
4) Little – $14.5 million
5) Dumbo – $9.5 million

Here’s how the weekend box office ended up.

1) Shazam – $25 million
2) Little – $15 million
3) Hellboy -$12 million
4) Pet Sematary – $10 million
5) Dumbo – $9 million

Look for things to change considerably over the Easter weekend as the faith-oriented movie, Breakthrough, sees a Wednesday release. That’s two days to get a jump on The Curse of La Llorona, which comes out Friday, April 19.

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