'Shazam!' debuts with $53.5M, handing DC Comics another win

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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.

Movie poster for "Shazam!" starring Zachary Levi | Image Source: Warner Bros. / MGN

"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.

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