DC and New Line Cinema’s Shazam! Fury of the Gods is feeling scorned.
The film opened to $11.7 million on Friday, together with $3.4 million in previews, for a projected weekend debut of round $30 million.
That might mark one of many worst begins for a significant Hollywood superhero movie, in addition to one of many worst for a title within the DC Cinematic Universe, together with these launched in the course of the pandemic. And it’s effectively behind the $53.5 million home opening of the primary Shazam! in 2019, not adjusted for inflation.
Scream VI stays a significant contender in its second weekend and will earn $18 million. Creed III additionally stays a notable contender and will earn almost $16 million.
Prerelease monitoring had instructed Shazam! Fury of the Gods would open to not less than $35 million this weekend. Others imagine it has a shot at $40 million.
Shazam 2‘s Rotten Tomatoes critics rating is a ho-hum 54 p.c. That compares to 90 p.c for the 2019 film. The sequel additionally obtained a extra subdued B+ CinemaScore, in comparison with an A for the primary.
Households — which performed a key function within the first film’s shock success — stay a difficult moviegoing demo within the pandemic period.
Fury of the Gods is the twelfth installment within the DC Prolonged Universe and the primary to be launched since Warner Bros. Discovery chief David Zaslav tapped James Gunn and Shazam! franchise producer Peter Safran to run DC Studios and engineer a whole overhaul.
Fury of the Gods additionally comes as the way forward for the DC characters and actors launched earlier than Gunn and Safran’s takeover hangs within the stability. Superman actor Henry Cavill, as an example, gained’t be returning. Levi addressed his future at Tuesday’s Hollywood premiere, telling The Hollywood Reporter: “I’m very proud of this film. … I hope it’s not my final.”
David F. Sandberg directed Shazam! Fury of the Gods from a script by Henry Gayden and Chris Morgan.
Shazam 2‘s villains are the Daughters of Atlas, a trio of historical goddesses who’ve come to Earth to reclaim the magical powers that the wizard Shazam (Djimon Hounsou) took from them. Naturally, defeating the villains is as much as Billy Batson, aka Shazam (Asher Angel/Zachary Levi), alongside together with his prolonged household/fellow superheroes Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer/Adam Brody), Eugene (Ian Chen/Ross Butler), Darla (Faithe Herman/Meagan Good), Pedro (Jovan Armand/D.J. Cotrona) and Mary (Grace Caroline Currey, taking part in each the common and superhero variations of her character with a change of haircut).
The goddesses Hespera, Kalypso and Anthea are performed by Helen Mirren, Lucy Liu and, in her first movie since her breakout function in Spielberg’s West Aspect Story, Rachel Zegler, respectively.
Numbers can be up to date Sunday.