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
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)
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(Newser) 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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