Horror Flick ‘La Llorona’ Topples ‘Shazam!’ at Easter Box Office
(Bloomberg) -- The new horror film “The Curse of La Llorona” exceeded forecasts to unseat the superhero movie “Shazam!” atop the weekend box office in North American theaters, giving AT&T Inc.’s Warner Bros. the top two spots.
- “La Llorona” brought in $26.3 million in the U.S. and Canada, Comscore Inc. said Monday in an email -- well beyond the forecast of $16.9 million. The DC Comics film “Shazam!” brought in $16.5 million.
- “La Llorona,” set in 1970s Los Angeles, extended the horror genre’s streak of low-budget moneymakers. But the film, made for just $9 million, was mostly panned by critics: Just 33 percent of reviews on Rotten Tomatoes were positive.
- The movie about a foster kid with super powers, “Shazam!,” had spent two weeks on top in what Box Office Pro calls a “soft market.”
- Fox’s “Breakthrough” landed in third place with $11.3 million, attracting the faith-based audiences who helped previous films like “Miracles From Heaven” and “Heaven Is for Real” have strong runs over Easter.
- “Little,” about a woman who’s changed into her younger self, moved to fifth place from second place last weekend for Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures.
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