“Shazam!: Fury of the Gods” from Warner Bros./New Line/DC is predicted to earn far less at the box office than its 2019 predecessor, and Thursday previews show that to be the case as the sequel brought in $3.4 million from more than 3,400 screens.
Four years prior, “Shazam!” outperformed predictions of a $45 million debut by earning $6 million from Thursday previews on the way to a $53.5 million opening weekend. The “Shazam 2” weekend box office predictions haven’t changed from $35 million to $38 million.
While it’s still possible for this $100 million superhero movie to break even after such a strong opening weekend, it would require strong word-of-mouth in the weeks to come, especially from families seeking an enjoyable day at the movies.
Unfortunately, that word-of-mouth won’t get help from critics, who after praising the first “Shazam!” are very mixed on “Fury of the God,” giving it a 55% Rotten Tomatoes score at time of writing.
“Shazam!: Fury of the Gods” is one of four DC films that were greenlit by the superhero label’s previous leadership, with the others being “The Flash” in June, “Blue Beetle” in August and “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” on Christmas Day. Last fall, “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn and “Shazam!” producer Peter Safran were hired as the new heads of DC Studios and plan to reboot the entire franchise into a new cinematic universe that will cover movies, TV shows and other media.
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“Superman: Legacy,” for which Gunn revealed on Wednesday that he will both direct and write the script, will launch that revival in July 2025. The movie, according to director James Gunn, would centre on the impact that both the Man of Steel’s Kryptonian birth parents and his adopted mother and father from Smallville had on him and will follow a younger Man of Steel throughout his formative years as the hero of Metropolis.
The first “Shazam!” movie and its follow-up were directed by David F. Sandberg. Henry Gayden, Chris Morgan, and Bill Parker wrote the script. Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Rachel Zegler, Adam Brody, Ross Butler, Meagan Good, Lucy Liu, Djimon Hounsou, and Helen Mirren are all featured in the cast, in addition to Zachary Levi, who plays the superhero once more.