The opening weekend numbers are in for Shazam: Fury of the Gods, and it’s not the start many had hoped for.
As the opening weekend of Shazam: Fury of the Gods draws to a close, the box office estimates have rolled in. Domestically the film took in $30 million, falling right in line with the early projections. In the foreign markets, it took in $35 million, bringing the global opening weekend total to $65 million.
For comparison, Shazam! opened with $53.5 million, while Black Adam opened with $67 million. The former went on to a domestic total of $140.37 million, while the latter took in $168.15 million.
Using the same comps as before, Shazam! took in $223.19 million from the foreign markets over the course of its run for a total of $363.56 million. Black Adam took in $223.1 million for a global total of $391.26 million.
While the original Shazam! had a budget of $85 million, the sequel rose to $125 million which means it will need a minimum of $250 million globally to be considered profitable by the simplest of Hollywood math.
As to why the sequel is struggling, there are a lot of theories right now ranging from the fact it may be a dead-end story thanks to the new DC Universe that is being worked on, or it simply did not appeal to audiences. We’ll see how it does in its second weekend, but with John Wick: Chapter 4 due for release, it seems a foregone conclusion it won’t hold on to the top spot.
Shazam: Fury of the Gods is now in wide theatrical release.