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New Line’s DC sequel Shazam! Anger of the Gods got off the ground at 3 p.m. on Thursday and posted $3.4 million in previews in 3,400 theaters.
That’s less than the first Shazam! back in April 2019, which grossed $5.9 million in its Thursday previews (outside of showtimes that started at 4 p.m.). Shazam! also had an additional $3.3 million in previous Fandango previews on the day, for a grand preview total of $9.2 million for a Friday of $20.3 million and a $53.5 million opening.
anger of the gods, from the same director as Chapter 1, David F. Sandberg, is expected to come in below first and be lucky enough to take in $40 million (domestic outlook is $35 million, $85 million worldwide). We’re in a hot market where sequels have set franchise opening records, read Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania ($106.1 million), Creed III ($58.3 million) and Scream VI ($44.4 million). That doesn’t seem to be the case here Shazam! Anger of the gods. We will keep watch if the situation improves.
The sequel is currently 54% Rotten with Critics with an audience score of 84%, this versus the 2019 episode which was certified 90% fresh with an audience score of 82%. That said, the first Shazam! was able to achieve an A CinemaScore. The general public on Comscore/Screen Engine’s PostTrak gave the first film four stars.
Why make a sequel? The first opened well and despite making nearly $366 million worldwide, made a small profit for New Line with a net of $74 million. DC Studios Co-Chief Peter Safran is a producer of the Shazam! franchise.
Shazam! Anger of the Gods bounced across the calendar, impacted by the pandemic, as have several other films, but its most recent previous release date was December 21. Warner Bros. Avatar: the way of the water, much to the chagrin of exhibitors, who expected more money at the end of the year. But it had a good reason: to access Imax, PLF screens and premium ticket formats. Not to mention the launch of Warner Bros The batter in March last year (admittedly, two very different superheroes).
Dive deeper on the first Shazamcomposition of the audience: children and parents represented 25% of the audience, which sources say is a share that could be expanded on this one. Boys over under/over 25 were equally good at 33%. The diversity distribution was 53% White, 17% Hispanic, 13% Asian, and 11% African American.
How the rest of the box office fared:
Paramount/Spyglass Media Scream VI (read the review) ends the first week with an estimate $58.5 million after Thursday’s win with $2.7 million-14% from Wednesday in 3,675 theaters.
MGM / United Artists releases Creed III (read the review) ends its second week with $38.1 million after a $2.2 million Thursday, -12% for a running total of $112.3 million at 4,007 locations.
from Sony 65 saw a first week of $16.6 million after an estimate $870K Thursday -10% in 3,405 theatres.
The fourth week of Disney/Marvel Studios Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (read the review) is $10.8 million after a fourth Thursday of $772K at 3,105, -13% and a running total of $201.7 million. That is 7% more than in 2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp at the same time, that previous chapter ended the US/Canada run at $216.6 million.
Universal’s Elizabeth Banks directed Cocaine Bear (read the review) in 3,204 theaters was estimated to do the third Thursday of $643K-9% from Wednesday, a $9.1 million third week and running total of $54.6 million.