Following a slew of harsh reviews from critics, Hellboy seemed unlikely to do much business at the box office this weekend. The film earned $4.9 million on Friday, which includes Thursday previews, and is on track to earn a meager $12 million-$13 million over the course of the weekend. That puts the film in third place, behind holdover, Shazam!, and new release, Little.
Those numbers are much lower than the originally projected $16 million, which also had experts predicting the film would end its domestic run with $34 million. It's entirely possible the film's totals might further sink, especially given its C Cinemascore. It remains to be seen how Hellboy will perform overseas, but the $50 million production looks to be off to a shaky start stateside, making a sequel much less likely.
As Hellboy is failing to find an audience, Shazam! will take the top spot again with an estimated $22 million-$23 million. This would bring the film's domestic haul over $90 million, and it should easily cross $100 million domestically early next week.
Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Zachary Levi as Shazam, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Djimon Hounsou as the ancient wizard Shazam, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jack Dylan Grazer as Frederick “Freddy” Freeman, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Cooper Andrews as Victor Vásquez and Marta Milans as Rosa Vásquez. The film is in theaters now.
In theaters now, director Neil Marshall’s Hellboy stars David Harbour as Hellboy, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Milla Jovovich as Nimue, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan, Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida and Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)