New Line and DC’s Shazam! easily stayed No. 1 in its second outing, earning $25.1 million from 4,306 theaters and sending rival superhero pic Hellboy up in flames.
Shazam! fell a respectable 53 percent, underscoring its appeal among kids and families. The pic’s 10-day domestic tally stands at $94.9 million. Overseas, it also topped the chart with $35.9 million for $258.8 million globally. China led internationally with $40.4 million, followed by the U.K. ($11.7 million) and Mexico ($10.1 million).
Universal’s Little — the new body-swapping comedy starring Regina Hall, Marsai Martin and Issa Rae — likewise trounced Hellboy with $15.5 million from 2,667 locations for a second-place finish.
Hellboy, following in third place, took in $12 million from 3,303 theaters after getting skewered by critics and earning a C CinemaScore from audiences. The R-rated remake had been expected to clear $16 million to $21 million. Millennium financed the pic, with Lionsgate acquiring distribution rights in the U.S. and the U.K. and paying for marketing.
Overseas, Hellboy also failed to catch fire, earning $10.1 million from 41 markets.