Success locked in secret word

People | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 17 Apr 2019

Lighthearted superhero tale Shazam! held top spot on its second weekend, taking an estimated US$24.5 million (HK$190.6 million) in North American box office rankings.

It stars Asher Angel as Billy Baston, a foster kid transformed into a muscular, wise-cracking adult superhero - Zachary Levi - when anyone pronounces the secret word.

The film has been a hit with critics and audiences, and international takings have hit US$163 million.

Little, another body-swap comedy but with a grown-up trapped in her teenage self - was runner-up with US$15.4 million on its first weekend.

Child star Marsai Martin, in ABC sitcom Black-ish for five years, pitched the movie idea when she was 10 after being inspired by 1980s hit Big starring Tom Hanks in which a child is trapped in his adult body.

Martin, 14, the youngest producer of a major Hollywood production, plays the younger version of Regina Hall.

Third was fellow newcomer Hellboy with US$12 million.

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