Shazam! Opening Weekend Box Office:
So Shazam! has been playing in the theatres for more than 3 days now and we finally have the answer to whether the Worlds of DC has found its footing amongst the audience or not. We can gladly admit that it has done exactly what anyone would have wanted. This was a film that had factions for everyone to enjoy.
It was a complete family movie that will keep making you laugh, but also punch you in the gut and extract some real emotions out of you. Also, it turns into a dark horror movie at a certain point of time, which is absolutely fine as that’s how we know it to be a trademark DC film.
Shazam! has done extremely well with the critics as they’ve totally loved the film. It started off with a 93% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and as more reviews came in, those numbers fell a bit, but the movie still stands at 92%, which is more than anyone would ask for. It doesn’t have the highest critical consensus for a Worlds of DC film as Wonder Woman stood at 93%, but how does that really matter. Most people will argue that it was better than Wonder Woman in many ways. It has a 90% audience score as well, and that’s how we know that the film will also be a commercial success.
Earlier we only had assumptions for how much money the film is going to make, but now we’ve got proof that it will turn out to be a major blockbuster for WB! The first weekend for the film is done, and that is when we actually find out whether the film has what it takes to go on and become profitable or not. Shazam! has opened with $53.4 Million within the first three days domestically, and if you add the Thursday preview numbers to it, then the movie has made a total of $56.7 Million in the US till now.
Now, this is the lowest opening for a DCEU film, but that doesn’t mean this film won’t be a success. Aquaman opened with $67 Million amidst massive competition, and by the second weekend, people had realized what they’d been missing out on. So more people actually went in to watch the film and made it the highest grossing DC movie ever. Don’t expect Shazam! to do that, but the good word of mouth will certainly help the film to do really well throughout this month.
Shazam! will not go on to make $1 Billion, or probably not even $700 Million, but it will still turn out to be a major success because the money spent upon the film wasn’t as much as any other DC Movie. Shazam! has made a total of $102 Million internationally, and that has brought the film’s total numbers to $158.7 Million. It was produced at a budget of $100 Million, so the production budget has surely been brought back within 3 days. Soon it will also bring back the money spent upon Marketing, and anything above that would be pure profit.
The way it has started, it does seem that the film might end up making more than $600 Million at least. If that does happen then no one can stop this movie to turn into a trilogy, if not more. Dwayne Johnson, who was one of the executive producers on this film just posted a video thanking everyone for the love that Shazam! has received from us. Along with that, he also confirmed that Black Adam should begin production sometime next year. Check it out:
Here’s the official Synopsis of Shazam!:
“We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).”