Box Office: April 19-21

The folks at WB/New Line are handling their horror line well as a part of a larger Conjuring vibe but not working the same story over and over to death, instead, coming up with properties within it that find its own path. The latest one is The Curse of Llorona, which debuted this weekend on its $9 million budget to make $26 million domestically and another $30 million overseas. It’s getting savaged on the critical side and has a lot “B-” CinemaScore, but it’ll add a bit more coin over the next few weeks even as the theatrical market gets ready to deal with some big blockbuster material.

Warner Bros. also held the second place slot with Shazam! as it added another $17 million on its good word of mouth to bring it to $121 million domestic plus another $201 million overseas for a $322 million take so far. While it’s not “Marvel” money, it is a strong debut for a lesser known character and all the complications that come from the DC films line so far.

Third place went to the only other new film out this week with Breakthrough from Fox as it angles for the faith-based market for the holiday. It did $11 million over the weekend and had a bit more just before that as it opened on Wednesday.

Captain Marvel may get a nice little bump from the places still showing it after next weekend but ahead of it the film added $9 million to bring it to a hair over $400 million since its debut. It’s going to lose a lot of screens next weekend but you can imagine a number of people wanting to revisit ahead of Avengers: Endgame. The film is the seventh MCU film to cross the $400 million mark domestically and it’s also now a hair under $1.1 billion worldwide since its debut with a $689.5 million overseas take.

What’s coming up next week? It’s a light one, movie fans, as Disney opens Avengers: Endgame in 4,400 screens while Sony Classics introduces The White Crow in limited release.

This gives us a question: What will the opening weekend domestic take be for Endgame? We’re seeing a few places suggest it could break records at $300 million, which at the running time alone would seem difficult but with so many screens dedicated to it, entirely possible based on the interest. For reference:

  • Avengers (2012): $207.4 million debut (2hr 22min)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): $191.2 million debut (2hr 21min)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2017): $257.6 million debut  (2hr 36min)