‘Shazam! The Fury of the Gods’ has had a rather soft opening at the worldwide box office. In the United States it has achieved number 1 in its first weekend, but opens with a modest $30.5 million, below initial forecastswhich placed her between 35 and 40 – a figure that was not something to write home about, taking all factors into account.
The sequel, again directed by David F. Sandberg, released in 4,071 theaters in its home country, cost 110 million dollars, plus another 100 in marketing expensesaccording to Varietyso Warner Bros., the studio behind the DC Universe, will have a hard time recovering the investment.
To put the situation in perspective, the first ‘Shazam!’, considered a moderate success within the DC superhero saga, raised 53.5 million dollars in its first weekend. The film starring Zachary Levi also falls far short of DC’s most recent theatrical release, “Black Adam,” which opened to $67 million and isn’t considered a big win for the studio either. In general, It is one of the worst premieres for the DC Universe, leaving aside the pandemic releases of ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ (16.7 million) and ‘The Suicide Squad’ (26 million), both released at the same time in streaming. And as for the competition, last February, ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’, from Marvel Studios, debuted with 106.1 million in the United States.
Things have not fared much better at the international box office. ‘Shazam! The fury of the gods!’ It hasn’t aroused much interest outside of the United States, earning $35 million in the 77 markets where it has opened. The global total is just 65.5 million. In Spain, the film has not been able to with the phenomenon ‘Mari(dos)’, opening in second placeaccording to provisional data from comscore.
The director reacts to the box office
‘Shazam! The fury of the gods’ has had the difficult task of being the first DC movie to be released after the reboot announcement that James Gunn and Peter Safran are preparing. for the DC Universe, which could have been a factor in the disinterest of the audience, given the uncertainty that what is released now may have no connection to the next era.
Its director, David F. Sandberg, had stated that a hypothetical installment depended on the box office, so it can be expected that it will not end up materializing, unless Gunn and Safran want to give it another chance. After his dismal first day on the card, Sandberg reacted to the numbers on reddit (via Comic Book), where one user tagged him in a post about the financial performance of his film and another complained that the director was mentioned in that post, to which he replied: “Don’t worry. I saw where this was going a long time ago. I’ll be fine. They paid me all my money up front.”.