Warner Bros. Pictures and DC’s “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” is on track for a soft $30 million opening weekend at the domestic box-office following $3.4 million in Thursday previews.
The $125 million budget film is reportedly headed for an $11 million haul on Friday, which includes that preview amount. Going into the week, the film was projected to have a domestic debut of around $35-40 million. It won’t meet those numbers now.
The first “Shazam” made $5.9 million in Thursday previews before opening with $53.5 million for the three-day in April 2019 and ultimately grossing $366 million globally.
The film has been a dud with critics, the Rotten Tomatoes score has fallen 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 king “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” vying for fourth and fifth with $5.3 million each.
The film is also opening worldwide this weekend with reports suggesting a $50 million overseas haul, though should it follow the domestic path it will come in considerably lower.
Source : https://www.darkhorizons.com/shazam-sequel-flies-under-expectations/