Tavern Talk: Video Review - SHAZAM! & PET SEMATARY

April is off to a solid start as Warner Bros. and New Line secured the top spot in both the domestic and worldwide marketplace with Shazam! while Paramount's release of Pet Sematary scored the second largest opening for a Stephen King adaptation. Shazam! delivered just above expectations with an estimated $53.4 million for a cumulative total of $56.7 million after grosses from March Fandango events are factored in. The film received an "A" CinemaScore with males making up 57% of the crowd and 55% of the opening weekend audience coming in aged 25 and over. It will be interesting to see how Shazam! plays over the next few weeks given both the positive word of mouth and how far it might be able to climb ($200 million anyone?) ahead of the April 26 opening of Avengers: Endgame. Shazam! also garnered an estimated $102 million from 79 international markets as the film opened day-and-date in virtually all overseas territories. In second place, Pet Sematary delivered an estimated $25 million, which is about what was expected from the new King adaptation given its $21 million production budget. However, the film did receive a "C+" CinemaScore which may not bode well for the film in the upcoming weeks given the new Hellboy opens this weekend and can sub as both a fun popcorn comic flick as well as a horror movie. Time will tell, but in holdover news Disney's Dumbo opened in third, dropping a massive -60% in just its second weekend with an estimated $18.2 million, bringing the film's domestic take to over $76 million against a $170 million production budget. Jordan Peele's Us from Universal took a -58% dip in its third weekend for a total of $152 million thus allowing it to enter the ranks of the top five R-rated horror films ever. Us also added another $10.3 million internationally as its global cume now sits at over $216 million. Rounding out the top five is Marvel Studios Captain Marvel with an estimated $12.68 million; the MCU film has now topped $374 million at the domestic box office with a global cume that now stands at $1.037 billion, moving it into top 30 all-time ranking. The other new release of the week, STX's The Best of Enemies, fell a bit below expectations and outside of the top five with an estimated $4.5 million. As always, be sure to follow the official Initial Reaction YouTube channel as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter where you can find a new review (or reviews) each week!

Read my full Shazam! review here.

Read my full Pet Sematary review here.

Box office stats courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo on 4/7/2019.

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