The Easter box office was predictably rather low but still found some unlikely films at unlikely spots in the top 10 results for the weekend. “The Curse of La Llorona,” the latest horror addition to the universe of “The Conjuring,” wound up on top once again, thus proving this connected horror saga still has the stuff to pull in an audience. The film only made $26.5 million but considering its minimal budget of $9 million, that’s all it needs to be a success, in addition to being #1 for the weekend.
The horror film knocks down “Shazam,” the latest DC Comics superhero movie, which has been sitting on top the past few weekends as a moderate success for April. On its third weekend, the film made $17.3 million to arrive at #1. The domestic gross for the film is currently sitting at $121 million which is not bad considering the $100 million budget but chances are it’s going to be seen as a bit of a disappointment compared to DC’s last big blockbuster of “Aquaman.” And it’s only going to go down further when “Avengers: Endgame” arrives next week.
At #3 is a miracle-of-sorts drama by Fox, “Breakthrough.” For its debut, the drama made $11 million for the weekend with $14 million made from its early Wednesday premiere. And probably the most astounding development in the weekend box office was the extremely low gross for Disney’s latest nature documentary, “Penguins,” only making $2.3 million for being in roughly 1,800 theaters.
Worth noting is that this weekend marks when “Captain Marvel,” which shot up from #6 to #4 this weekend, has crossed $400 million domestic, making it the biggest domestic release of 2019 so far. Of course, it’s sure to be surpassed by another Marvel film debuting soon.
View the full top 10 box office results for the weekend below:
The Curse of La Llorona ($26,505,000)
Captain Marvel ($9,100,000)
Pet Sematary ($4,850,000)
Missing Link ($4,369,756)