Shazam! Fury of the Gods Fails to Meet the First Film’s Box Office Opening

The Shazam! The sequel has been a massive success, yet it is only bringing in half the revenue of the first 2019 film.

It appears that Shazam! the momentum of the weekend premiere for Fury of Gods the titular gods is not enough to compete with the previous film.

The sequel from DC Comics that adapts the film’s success is expected to be a huge hit. The film earned $30.5 million at the domestic box office and was distributed to 4,071 theaters. This is higher than Scream VI this week, which earned an uninspiring second-place performance of $17 million. The future of the franchise is in doubt because Fury of the Gods began with less than its previously-scary initial tracking figures of 35-40 million. It’s also nearly 50% of the $53.5 million that was earned in the year of its release by Shazam! The film didn’t fare much better in international markets, earning 35 million. This brought the global revenue to $ 65.5 million.

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Shazam! Fury of the Gods opens lower than the original

Shazam! opened on April 5th, 2019. The film earned $140 million in the US and international revenue of $366 million. While it’s not quite up to the standard of superhero film popularity, it was a low-budget production that was averaging $90-100 million. This was an entry into the dark horse genre of the Warner Bros. DC Comics continuity and an idea that could lead to an exponentially profitable sequel. Fury of the Gods was estimated at $125 million. But, it’s likely that it won’t meet the high expectations once the film was popular with fans.

Fury of the Gods has been labeled with the shameful distinction of having the most difficult start without counting the pandemic-era releases. It’s a film that is threatening the future of comic book superhero films. This is something Marvel did not get to experience in February when they released the trilogy Ant-Man as well as the Wasp. Quantumania. The current figure is $453 million globally, just one month since its Feb. 17 launch. It’s unlikely that it will exceed the mark of $500 million.

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Shazam! The Fury of Gods fails

There are a variety of factors that explain why Fury of the Gods isn’t capturing the original’s lightning. Some mention the huge displeasure of critics who frequently declare that the sequel fell victim to the trap of a formula, and took away the charm that made the first film so memorable. The sequel has a rating of 53 percent on Rotten Tomatoes on average, however, that’s partially compensated by the 87% rating from the audience.

The film also has an unattractive image of its brand due to the widely-publicized internal changes within Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures’ parent company. Discovery. The infamous hatchet was put to a variety of content under the shared brand (DCEU) including the HBO Max Batgirl film. The new administration which was aiming to reset everything, took over. as co-CEOs and directors of recently established DC Studios would reveal a vast new collection of DC Comics television and film adaptations, known as the DC Universe (DCU), which would leave behind planned offerings such as Shazam-connected Black Adam, and now Shazam! The Fury of Gods is a sequel leftover.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is now in theaters

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