Box Office Report For April 19-21


Welcome back to the weekly box office report! Each and every Sunday, expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, a handful of new titles entered the marketplace on Easter weekend, hoping to make a few bucks before Avengers: Endgame sucks up all the oxygen next week. The most notable of which is the horror offering The Curse of La Llorona. How did it, along with the rest, do? Let us take a look right now at just that…

Scaring up the most coin and taking the top spot once this weekend was The Curse of La Llorona, which came in above expectations with $26.5 million. This is a pretty light Easter weekend, without much making significant money, so this fright flick was always going to take the number one position. If nothing else, it did it with a solid enough haul.

Coming in at number two, last week’s reigning champion, was Shazam!, ceding to second place. Though it only made about $17.3 million, it showed a strong hold, dropping a mere 29% this time around. Warner Bros is clearly pleased how this DCEU title is doing.

The number three position went to the latest in a never ending crop of faith based offerings, this one called Breakthrough. The film made $11.1 million, though keep in mind that occasionally these numbers can be inflated by churches and other religious organizations buying out theaters…

Opening outside the top ten was the Disney documentary Penguins, which comes out under the Disneynature banner. $2.3 million or so is what it took in, which isn’t bad for a doc, though not quite as much as the Mouse probably was hoping for.

Among indie/smaller debuts, Little Woods opened up on 33 screens and took in right about 66K, Read Joan hit on just four screens and made around 40K, Under the Silver Lake only played on two screens (also being set to debut on VOD as A24 struggles to figure out how to market this underrated gem) and make 40K or so, Fast Color screened on 25 screens for a 37K haul, and Hail Satan? translated three screens into 25K. A few of these movies are quite good, but they weren’t able to find major audiences, sadly…

Here now is what the top ten looked like at the box office for this weekend:

1. The Curse of La Llorona – $26,505,000

2. Shazam! – $17,340,000

3. Breakthrough – $11,100,000

4. Captain Marvel – $9,100,000

5. Little – $8,451,000

6. Dumbo – $6,800,000

7. Pet Semetary – $4,850,000

8. Missing Link – $4,369,756

9. Us – $4,264,000

10. Hellboy – $3,880,000

Beyond the top ten, here’s some further results at the box office:

11. After – $2,500,000

12. Penguins (Disneynature) – $2,347,000

13. Kalank – $1,253,000

14. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – $835,000

15. Unplanned – $650,000

16. Five Feet Apart – $635,000

17. The Best of Enemies – $610,000

18. Amazing Grace – $591,642

19. Hotel Mumbai – $494,504

20. Wonder Park – $480,000

21. High Life – $292,000

22. Teen Spirit – $250,536

23. The Chaperone – $86,420

24. Gloria Bell – $76,000

25. Her Smell – $68,736


Until next weekend!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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