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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


WIDE (1000+)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND
 
LOCATIONS
 
AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
The Curse of La Llorona
$23,000,000

3,372

$6,821
$23,000,000
1
Warner Bros. / New Line


2
Shazam!
$16,500,000
-33%
4,183
-123
$3,945
$16,500,000
3
Warner Bros.


3
Breakthrough
$13,500,000

2,824

$4,780
$17,006,925
1
20th Century Fox


4
Captain Marvel
$8,500,000
-1%
2,653
-322
$3,204
$399,426,133
7
Disney


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





LIMITED (100 — 999)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND
 
LOCATIONS
 
AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
Kalank
$1,500,000

320

$4,688
$2,010,185
1
FIP


2
Five Feet Apart
$690,000
-55%
709
-764
$973
$45,142,093
6
CBS Films


3
Unplanned
$650,000
-63%
839
-563
$775
$17,267,243
4
Pure Flix


4
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral
$135,000
-60%
196
-279
$689
$72,971,234
8
Lionsgate





PLATFORM (1 — 99)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND
 
LOCATIONS
 
AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




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


3
Fast Color
$40,000

25

$1,600
$40,000
1
Lionsgate


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.


The post Weekend Estimates: <em>The Curse of La Llorona</em> Haunts w/ $20M+; <em>Shazam!</em> Adds $16M+; <em>Breakthrough</em> ($16M+ 5-Day) Opens Strong appeared first on Boxoffice.




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