Los angeles (AFP) - Warner Bros.  lighthearted superhero story "Shazam!" held on to top spot on its 2nd weekend, taking an anticipated $25.1 million as it saved a flurry of inexperienced persons at bay, industry watcher Exhibitor family members stated Sunday.

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The family-pleasant flick stars Asher Angel as Billy Baston, an unhappy foster kid who is converted right into a muscular, smart-cracking grownup superhero (Zachary Levi) whilst anybody declares the name of the game word.

The film has been successful with critics and audiences, scoring ninety and 88 percent respectively on movie ratings website Rotten Tomatoes and distant places price tag sales hitting $164 million.

usual s new launch "Little" -- another frame-swap comedy, this time with a grown-up trapped in her teenage self -- became runner-up with $15.5 million on its commencing weekend, playing in particular well with lady and African American audiences.

infant big name Marsai Martin, who has been in famous ABC sit down-com "black-ish" for 5 years, pitched the idea for the film when she changed into simply 10 after being stimulated by way of 1980s hit "massive," starring Tom Hanks, wherein a baby will become trapped in his person body.

Martin, 14, is the youngest producer ever on a prime Hollywood production and performs the more youthful version of Regina corridor.

In third spot become fellow newcomer "Hellboy" which published a disappointing $12 million for distributor Lionsgate in opposition to expectancies of $17-$20 million.

The rebooted superhero film, directed by way of Neil Marshall and starring "Stranger matters" actor David Harbour, become panned through critics who complained approximately its loss of brotherly love and compared it unfavorably to Guillermo del Toro s 2004 and 2008 entries starring Ron Perlman.

Horror film "pet Sematary" -- a remake of the 1989 film based totally at the Stephen King book -- took fourth vicinity with an anticipated $10 million.

5th went to Disney s "Dumbo," at $9.1 million. The Tim Burton remake of the 1941 movie tells the story of a small elephant with huge ears and a powerful preference to be reunited along with his mama.