Shazam Fury of the Gods

Warner Bros./New Line/DC’s “Shazam!: Fury of the Gods” is shaping up to be this month’s box office misfire with a $30.5 million opening from 4,071 theaters, 44% down from the $53.5 million opening of the first “Shazam! ” in 2019.

“Shazam 2” wasn’t expected to get anywhere near that mark, but it has fallen short of projections for a $35-38 million opening. On top of that, it has also fallen below the $33 million opening of the February 2020 DC film “Birds of Prey,” which at the time had been the worst opening for a DC film in a decade.

Chances for significant legs also look unlikely. While the first “Shazam” enjoyed a 90% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes and an A on CinemaScore, “Fury of the Gods” has fallen to 53% on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ on CinemaScore. That CinemaScore grade is the same as “Black Adam,” which got off to a strong opening weekend but tailed off in the weekends after.

PostTrak scores signal that the film may have some lasting power with families during the spring break period over the next few weeks as that audience subset gave it to 4.5/5. But general audience scores came in at 3.5/5, a so-so score that will likely lead to the film struggling among casual moviegoers as “John Wick: Chapter 4” and other major titles hit theaters in the coming weeks.

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