“Shazam” sequel flies below expectations

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Warner Bros. Pictures and DC’s “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” is on track for a soft opening weekend of $30 million at the domestic box office after a $3.4 million Thursday opening.

The $125 million budget film is reportedly on track for an $11 million haul on Friday, which includes that preview amount. During the week, the film was expected to have a domestic debut of around $35-40 million. It will not meet these numbers now.

The first “Shazam” earned $5.9 million in Thursday previews before opening with $53.5 million for the three days in April 2019 and ultimately grossing $366 million globally.

The film has been a dud with critics, Rotten Tomatoes’ score has dropped to just 53% (5.8/10). Audiences are higher on the film though at 84%, which is comparable to the first film.

Despite the reviews, “Shazam” is expected to beat last week’s box office kingpin “Scream VI,” which is expected to drop 62% to around $17 million. “Creed III” is likely to come in third with $15 million, followed by “65” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” battling for fourth and fifth with $5.3 million each.

The film also opens worldwide this weekend with reports suggesting a $50 million overseas haul, but if it follows the domestic route, it will come in significantly lower.

Source: Variety

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