Actor Jayden Valdivia, at the premiere of "The curse of La Llorona." Frederic j. Brown/AFP
LOS ANGELES: For Warner Bros., the release this weekend of "The curse of La Llorona" brought good news and bad: the horror film topped all comers in North American theatres, but it did so on the worst weekend overall in years.
"Curse," part of the fright-based Conjuring Universe film franchise, took in an estimated $26.5 million for the three-day weekend, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Sunday.
But the overall box-office total of $112 million was the lowest for an Easter weekend since 2005, the Comscore site said, with no new blockbusters coming out.
"Curse" stars Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz and Patricia Velasquez in the story of a mother in 1970s Los Angeles trying to protect her children from a ghost — a story loosely based on the "Weeping Woman" tale from Mexican folkore.
Disney's new "Breakthrough" took in $11.1 million, considered a solid start for a faith-based movie. It tells the story of a mother (Chrissy Metz) who refuses to abandon hope after her adopted son (Marcel Ruiz) falls into an icy lake and goes into a coma. NBA star Stephen Curry produced the film, his first such effort.
Disney's "Captain Marvel" placed fourth at $9.1 million, up a surprising two spots despite being in its seventh week in release. The blockbuster, now well past the $1 billion mark worldwide, stars Brie Larson as a former fighter pilot who gains superpowers and is plunged into a galactic conflict.
And in fifth was Universal's "Little," at $8.5 million. The idea for the comedy — which has a grown-up (Regina Hall) trapped in a 13-year-old version of her own body (Marsai Martin of "black-ish" fame) came from young Martin herself, who was inspired at age 10 when she saw the Tom Hanks hit "Big," in which a child is trapped in his adult body.
Avengers: Endgame," the hugely anticipated series-ender from Disney and Marvel, set a new standard for Hollywood blockbusters this weekend with stunning hauls of $350 million in North America and $1.2 billion worldwide.
With a stacked supporting cast, a script crackling with densely packed jokes and a bravura, awards-worthy comedic performance from star Beanie Feldstein, “Booksmart” more than earns its high marks and hype.
Peter Mayhew, who became known to fans worldwide as the lovable Wookiee Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" galaxy of films, has died. He was 74.
The vehicle is equipped with a window garden, a washbasin and a desktop monitor.
A miniature manuscript written by the teenage Charlotte Bronte is returning to her childhood home in West Yorkshire after it was bought by a British museum at auction in Paris.
The movie, itself, is gray and murky like the toxic West Virginia waters that provide the film’s first gloomy sense of trouble. But just the same, "Dark Waters” will in its modest, steadfast way make your blood boil. And that will do.