The newly-released film Shazam! Fury of the Gods is the latest DC outing to hit theaters. Sadly, however, it isn’t exactly a smash at the box office. In fact, the Shazam sequel just set quite an awful record regarding its box office performance.
As shared via Deadline, the movie isn’t making anywhere near what the studio would be hoping for. The film is actually projected to only make $30 million during its opening weekend – which is five million less than what was projected four weeks ago. This follows after the film made 44% less than its predecessor during their respective Friday night openings and previews.
So what record did the Shazam sequel set? As it turns out, it’s beaten all other DC movies – including Dwayne Johnson’s infamous Black Adam – by having the lowest box office opening of all-time. This is quite the disappointment for Warner Bros which took a risk by greenlighting a sequel to Shazam in the first place. After all, the character is nowhere near as popular as some of their other superhero characters. But despite the first film’s modest success – it looks like the sequel just won’t repeat it.
Of course, it’s possible that James Gunn’s newly-announced plans for the DCU could have hurt the film’s performance. The DC Studios co-head has stated that there would be numerous changes – including recasts – for the DC Universe going forward. Perhaps fans didn’t want to support a film that could potentially be retconned or replaced anyways. Though with these numbers not doing the film any favors – it looks like that could now be the case.
David F. Sandberg directed Shazam! Fury of the Gods. The screenplay for the film was penned by Henry Gayden and Chris Morgan.
The cast for the film includes Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Rachel Zegler, Adam Brody, Ross Butler, Meagan Good, Lucy Liu, Djimon Hounsou, and Helen Mirren.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods is currently available for fans to see in theaters. Stay tuned to ScreenGeek for any additional updates regarding the film and the DC Universe as we have them.