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 the its appeal among kids and families. The pic's 10-day domestic tally is $94.9 million. Overseas, it also topped the chart among Western titles with $35.9 million for $258.8 million globally. China leads 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. Lionsgate and Millennium's R-rated remake had been expected to clear $16 million to $21 million.
The $50 million movie, directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones), opened notably behind the first two installments in the series, which were both helmed by Guillermo del Toro. In 2004, Hellboy debuted to $23.2 million, while Hellboy II: The Golden Army took in $34.5 million, not adjusted for inflation.
Elsewhere on the North American chart, Paramount's Pet Sematary placed fourth in its second weekend with $10 million, a decline of nearly 60 percent and putting the pic's domestic total at $41.1 million.
Disney and Tim Burton's Dumbo rounded out the top five with $9.2 million in its third outing for a disappointing domestic cume of $89.9 million and $266.9 million globally (its overseas weekend gross was $22 million). Disney and Marvel's blockbuster Captain Marvel followed at No. 6 with $8.6 million for an eye-popping global cume of $1.06 billion.
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