Saturday Update: Warner Bros. reports this morning that The Curse of La Llorona is coming in slightly ahead of weekend forecasts with an estimated $11.8 million opening day on Friday, including Thursday night earnings. That’s more than 42 percent ahead of Truth or Dare‘s $8.3 million first day last April, although that film didn’t open on Good Friday when many were out of school and work. Weekend projections remain fluid until a clearer sense of how frontloaded the first day proves to be, but topping $20 million for the weekend now appears likely.
Shazam! is holding on strong with another $6.155 million in the bank yesterday, bringing its 15-day tally to $110.2 million. A third frame north of $16 million is the target.
Breakthrough continued its opening with $3.811 million on Friday, bringing the three-day cume to $7.3 million. The faith-based drama has lived up to expectations over the long Easter frame and looks to be aiming for $13.5 million this weekend. That would net around $17 million for its overall five-day start.
Last among the openers, Disneynature’s Penguins continues to perform slightly below expectations with $901K on Friday. That gives the pic $1.85 million after three days in release. We’re expecting around $2.5 million or slightly more for the weekend, aiming for a $3.5 million five-day bow.
Early weekend estimates are below with updated studio estimates to follow on Sunday.
Early Weekend Estimates (Domestic)
FRI, APR. 19 – SUN, APR. 21
|1||The Curse of La Llorona||$23,000,000||—||3,372||—||$6,821||$23,000,000||1||Warner Bros. / New Line|
|3||Breakthrough||$13,500,000||—||2,824||—||$4,780||$17,006,925||1||20th Century Fox|
|5||Little (2019)||$8,400,000||-45%||2,667||0||$3,150||$29,329,410||2||Universal Pictures|
|6||Dumbo||$6,900,000||-27%||3,225||-481||$2,140||$101,354,910||4||Walt Disney Pictures|
|7||Pet Sematary||$4,500,000||-54%||3,146||-439||$1,430||$49,233,075||3||Paramount Pictures|
|8||Missing Link||$4,500,000||-24%||3,437||24||$1,309||$13,107,241||2||United Artists Releasing|
|9||Us (2019)||$4,000,000||-41%||2,264||-504||$1,767||$170,181,620||5||Universal Pictures|
|10||Hellboy||$3,600,000||-70%||3,303||0||$1,090||$19,396,271||2||Lionsgate / Summit|
|11||After (2019)||$2,700,000||-55%||2,138||0||$1,263||$10,635,149||2||Aviron Pictures|
|12||Penguins||$2,600,000||—||1,815||—||$1,433||$3,551,757||1||Disney / Disneynature|
|13||How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World||$775,000||4%||1,062||240||$730||$159,045,140||12||Universal / DreamWorks Animation|
|2||Five Feet Apart||$690,000||-55%||709||-764||$973||$45,142,093||6||CBS Films|
|4||Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral||$135,000||-60%||196||-279||$689||$72,971,234||8||Lionsgate|
|1||No Manches Frida 2||$57,000||-68%||73||-62||$781||$9,164,474||6||Lionsgate / Pantelion Films|
|2||The Aftermath||$45,000||-72%||85||-149||$529||$1,557,256||6||Fox Searchlight|
|4||Ash is Purest White||$12,000||-55%||15||-9||$800||$12,000||6||Cohen Media Group|
|5||Faith, Hope & Love||$5,031||-40%||5||-2||$1,006||$187,268||6||ArtAffects Entertainment|
|6||Girls of the Sun||$4,500||-42%||10||2||$450||$4,500||2||Cohen Media Group|
Friday Report: Warner Bros. reports this morning that The Curse of La Llorona began its opening weekend with an estimated $2.75 million from Thursday night’s first shows. That comes in far ahead of Truth or Dare‘s $750K start in mid-April last year, while topping the recent Pet Sematary remake ($2.3 million) and Escape Room ($2.345 million). It should be noted, however, that none of those films opened directly ahead of a holiday. Due to many being out of work and school on Good Friday today, comparisons are skewed with a significant amount of front-loaded expected ahead of Saturday.
Meanwhile, Breakthrough added a strong $1.548 million on Thursday, down just 18 percent from opening day on Wednesday. The faith-based drama has tallied $3.436 million in two days as it heads into the weekend.
Last but not least, Penguins added $456K yesterday for an updated two-day domestic cume of $956K heading into its first weekend.
More updates throughout the weekend.