“The Curse of La Llorona” will make a solid $25 million debut at the domestic box office, leading a quiet Easter weekend before Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” hits theaters on April 26.

“La Llorona,” playing in 3,372 theaters, was a hit with hispanic audiences. The film accounted for nearly 50% of ticket sales. The R-rated film, budgeted at only $9 million, marks the directorial debut of Michael Chave. He will next helm Wan’s “The Conjuring 3” at Warner Bros.

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Overall, Easter weekend is looking bad in comparison to last year’s Easter weekend (down 22%). It’s also the worst Easter frame since 2005. Box office observers feel the low numbers are simply a result of fans holding out for the “Avengers” next weekend. This also may have also accounted for “Captain Marvel’s” rise over the weekend. The $6 million total, a surprising increase week to week, puts the superhero blockbuster near the $400 million mark.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ “Shazam!” is holding strong in second place with a $17.2 million outing. The Zach Levi starrer has now collected $120 million in the U.S.

 Fox’s Christian drama “Breakthrough” opened solidly in third place to $11 million. bringing its five-day total to $14.5 million.

Also opening this weekend is Disney’s “Penguins” doc, which is expected to haul in $3.5 million.

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Source: Variety

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