The Curse of La Llorona Terrifies America

The Warner Bros. horror flick wins the weekend box office
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 21, 2019 1:06 PM CDT
Filmgoers Don't Fear The Curse of La Llorona
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Roman Christou, left, and Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen in a scene from "The Curse of La Llorona."   (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

The Curse of La Llorona had only good fortune at the box office. The Warner Bros. horror film based on a Mexican legend about a woman who murdered her children and wanders the world looking for them brought in $26.5 million as the weekend's top film, the AP reports. It ended the two-week reign of Shazam! in the top spot. The DC Comics superhero comedy was second with $17.3 million, continuing its strong run with a three-week domestic total of $121.3 million, also for Warner Bros.

The inspirational Breakthrough, the first film released by 20th Century Fox since Disney acquired the studio, was third with $11.1 million. Rounding out the top five were Captain Marvel ($9.1 million) and Little ($8.5 million), per the Hollywood Reporter. Among other films, Disney's nature doc Penguins bowed for Earth Day 2019 at $2.4 million and the Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace upped its theater count to 188 while banking over $591,000. Among the heavyweights, La Llorona isn't expected to stay on top. Next week Avengers: Endgame opens and should trounce all competition for many weeks to come.

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