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Shazam 2 records one of the lowest box office debuts in DC

Shazam! wrath of the gods could face the fury of the heads of Warner Bros. as the film ended up being one of the lowliest debuts in the DC Cinematic Universe.

The Shazam! The sequel topped in the US but only grossed $30.5 million when it was expected to gross between $35 and $40 million. This is a significant drop from the first film, released in 2019, which grossed $53.5 million in its opening weekend.

This film ended up grossing $140 million in the US and $366 million worldwide. It remains to be seen whether Shazam 2 can pick up the pace and march towards these characters, but that’s not a good start for the film.

Shazam Fury of the Gods trailer

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In fact, it’s one of the worst opening weekends in the DC Cinematic Universe since 2013 man of Steel – apart from publications from the pandemic period such as e.g Wonder Woman 1984 And The Suicide Squad.

The film was not well received by critics either Digital Spy Call it “a slog of a sequel.” The film’s ending has also been described as confusing, while it remains to be seen how much of an impact the film will have on DC’s future.

Djimon Hounsou, who plays the last surviving member of the Wizarding Council, has previously opened up about the challenges of making this sequel.

Djimon Hounsou, Shazam Wrath of the Gods

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“Given the first thing we did, and let’s get to that wrath of the gods, [we had] invested so much. Everyone was emotionally invested in it and in a way that we also dealt with it so much more creatively,” said Hounsou.

“Specifically, the emotion and organic nature of having to convey to Zachary Levi, his character, that he is a true champion. It felt very organic and I felt very connected beyond the written words [to that]. So many of us face the challenge of overcoming these struggles on a daily basis in our ordinary lives. So that felt strong.”

Shazam! wrath of the gods has a theatrical release on March 17, 2023.


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