‘Shazam 2’ earned $3.4 million in Thursday preview screenings

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Warner Bros./New Line/DC’s “Shazam!: Fury of the Gods” is expected to earn significantly less at the box office than its predecessor in 2019, and it’s running with Thursday’s previews as the sequel collected 3,400 earned over $3.4 million in theaters.

Four years ago, “Shazam!” On the Way Earns $6 Million From Thursday Previews $53.5 million opening That weekend, it smashed projections for a $45 million launch. going this weekend, “Shazam 2” Projections Stuck at $35 million-$38 million.

While there’s still a possibility that this $100 million superhero film could still cross the break-even point with such an opening weekend, the film will need to generate a lot of buzz in the coming weeks, especially among families, to do so. The movies take place for one day at schools over spring break on a rolling basis between late March and early April.

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Unfortunately, that word-of-mouth won’t help with critics who previously panned “Shazam!” are very mixed on “The Fury of God”, giving it a 55% rotten Tomatoes Score at the time of writing.

“Shazam!: Fury of the Gods” is one of four DC films greenlit by the superhero label’s previous leadership, with the others being “The Flash” in June, “Blue Beetle” in August and “Aquaman”. And the Lost Kingdom”. on Christmas Day. Last fall, James Gunn, director of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Shazam! Producer Peter Safran was hired as the new head of DC Studios and plans were made to reboot the entire franchise into a new cinematic universe that would cover films, TV shows, and other media.

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That reboot will begin in July 2025 with ‘Superman: Legacy,’ Gunn announced Wednesday he will direct and write the script. Gunn says the film will follow a younger man of steel during his early days as the hero of Metropolis and focus on the impact he had on both his Kryptonian birth parents and his adoptive and father from Smallville. .

David F. Sandberg wrote “Shazam!” directed the first installment of and its sequel. Screenplay by Henry Gayden, Chris Morgan and Bill Parker. Zachary Levi once again stars as the superhero, alongside Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Rachel Ziegler, Adam Brody, Ross Butler, Megan Goode, Lucy Liu, Djimon Hounsou and Helen Mirren.