‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ Disappoints With $65.5 Million Global Opening

Is the Shazam! franchise in trouble?

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Shazam! Fury of the Gods has failed to live up to its expectations with a disappointing global opening of $65.5 million. Despite opening at number one in North America, Variety reports that the latest DC Universe movie from Warner Bros. only managed to generate $30.5 million from 4,071 theaters.

Box office analysts had predicted that Shazam! Fury of the Gods would gross around $35 million to $40 million from North American theaters alone. However, Fury of the Gods fell short of these expectations, raising concerns about the future of the franchise following the DC Universe shakeup at Warner Bros. Discovery.

The international debut of Shazam! Fury of the Gods also failed to impress, with only $35 million collected from 77 markets. This figure is significantly lower than the $158.6 million collected by the original Shazam! movie during its global rollout in 2019.

In addition to Shazam! Fury of the GodsThe FlashBlue Beetle and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom are also currently in various stages of post-production at Warner Bros. Discovery, with all four DC Universe movies set to hit theaters this year. Will the characters from those movies make appearances in the new DC Universe? Only newly-named DC Studios heads James Gunn and Peter Safran Safran know.

The talent behind the Shazam! sequel

David F. Sandberg directed Shazam! Fury of the Gods from a script written by Henry Gayden and Chris Morgan, Shazam! Fury of the Gods. The film stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Adam Brody, Ross Butler, Meagan Good, D.J. Cotrona, Grace Caroline Currey, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Marta Millans, Cooper Andrews, Djimon Hounsou, Rachel Zegler, Lucy Liu and Helen Mirren.

The official Shazam! Fury of the Gods synopsis reads as follows: “Bestowed with the powers of the gods, Billy Batson and his fellow foster kids are still learning how to juggle teenage life with having adult Super Hero alter-egos. But when the Daughters of Atlas, a vengeful trio of ancient gods, arrive on Earth in search of the magic stolen from them long ago, Billy—aka Shazam—and his family are thrust into a battle for their superpowers, their lives, and the fate of their world.”

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Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.