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Warner Bros. and New Line's The Curse of La Llorona ascended to the top of domestic box office charts, conjuring $26.5 million when it opened in 3,372 North American theaters, reported Variety.
La Llorona is the latest horror movie to outperform expectations, further cementing the genre as a reliable box office draw.
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Even so, La Llorona and other new releases Breakthrough and Penguins couldn't salvage movie theaters from suffering the worst Easter weekend showing in almost 15 years.
This weekend's offerings amassed $112 million in ticket sales, the lowest haul since 2005.
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The decline in sales is likely because the rest of Hollywood avoided opening a big movie ahead of Disney and Marvel's Avengers: Endgame.
The forthcoming superhero flick is expected to crush records when it debuts on April 26.
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La Llorona, a supernatural thriller set in the Conjuring universe, cost $9 million to produce.
The film is based on the Mexican folklore about the Weeping Woman, a figure who lost her children and causes misfortune to those nearby.
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James Wan, known for his work on Aquaman, The Conjuring, and Saw, served as a producer.
Warner Bros. and New Line claimed the top two spots at the box office as last weekend's champ Shazam! dropped to second place.
The comic-book adventure added another $17 million in...
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