Shazam 2 fails at the box office and sets a negative record for the DCEU

It seems that lightning does not strike twice in the same place. Faced with what seems like an inevitable reboot for all the properties linked to the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), the public decided that there was no longer a need to show their support at the box office for Shazam 2: The fury of the gods.

Although the sequel directed by David F. Sandberg debuted in first place in the United States, it did so even below the already pessimistic projections of analysts. The media predicted an opening weekend between $35 and $40 million dollars; however, Shazam 2 had to settle in the end for a disappointing local box office gross of $30.5 million.

This represents a substantial drop from the original Shazam! (2019), which opened with $53.5 million in our neighbor to the north. So, The fury of the gods becomes the worst debut for a DC Extended Universe movie released exclusively in theaters. Yes ok, Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) and The Suicide Squad (2021) had worse starts with $16.7 and $26.2 million, respectively; both pandemic-era titles also have a simultaneous premiere with HBO Max as an excuse.

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The performance of Shazam 2 it also fell short at the international box office. The worldwide jackpot was expected to be in the $80-$85 million range, but the sequel managed only another $35 million in 77 markets — including a disastrous start in China with earnings of just $4.4 million — for a one lousy global combine of $65.5 million. By comparison, Billy Batson’s first adventure grossed $158.6 million in its opening weekend worldwide.

To make matters worse, it seems unlikely that word of mouth will help it to rebound in the coming weeks on this occasion. The fury of the gods earned a “B+” grade on CinemaScore; Similarly, a setback compared to the “A” rating of the first installment. As for criticism, Shazam 2 has a 53% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoesa dramatic decrease from 90% of the original.

The question now on the minds of Warner Bros. executives must be: will it at least avoid losses for the studio? Shazam! The fury of the gods it cost $110 million, to which must be added another $100 million in marketing. For now, the outlook does not look encouraging.

To what do you attribute the low numbers of Shazam 2 at the box office? will they escape Flash, Blue Beetle either Aquaman 2 of a similar fate in the coming months?

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