‘Shazam!’ debuts with $53.5 million, handing DC Comics another win

"Shazam!" follows recent DC successes such as "Aquaman" and "Wonder Woman."

This image released by Warner Bros. shows Zachary Levi, left, and Jack Dylan Grazer in a scene from "Shazam!" –The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Seven films in, the DC Extended Universe is finally flying with some wind behind its back. The well-reviewed, more modestly budgeted “Shazam!” debuted with $53.5 million over the weekend.

“Shazam!” has collected an estimated $56.8 million in total, including about $3 million from early advance screenings. Made for about $100 million, “Shazam!” follows recent DC successes such as “Aquaman” and “Wonder Woman.”

Paramount Pictures’ “Pet Sematary” remake opened in second with $25 million. It’s a decent start for the Stephen King adaptation, though far from the haul that the last big-screen adaptation of King’s conjured up. “It” opened with $123.4 million in 2017.


Last week’s top film, “Dumbo,” slid to third with $18.2 million.