‘Shazam!’ debuts with $53.5M, handing DC Comics another win

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows John Lithgow, left, and Jeté Laurence in a scene from “Pet Sematary.” (Kerry Hayes/Paramount Pictures via AP)

This image released by Warner Bros. shows Zachary Levi, left, and Jack Dylan Grazer in a scene from “Shazam!” (Steve Wilkie/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

NEW YORK — Seven films in, the DC Extended Universe is finally flying with some wind behind its back. The well-reviewed, relatively modestly budgeted “Shazam!” debuted with $53.5 million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday, handing DC its latest critical and box-office success.