‘Shazam!’ draws $53.5M in box of­fice de­but

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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.

“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 bigscreen 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.

STEVE WILKIE Warner Bros. En­ter­tain­ment

Zachary Levi, left, and Jack Dy­lan Grazer are seen in a scene from the well-re­viewed “Shazam!”

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