The new DC installment “SHAZAM!” flew into theaters this week and the film picked up $5.9M on Thursday. The movie beat its biggest competitor, Paramount Pictures’ “Pet Sematary,” which made $2.9M on the same day. We should mention that “SHAZAM!” held early screenings two-weeks ago, where the film picked up an additional $3.3M through a partnership with the ticket site Fandango. Going into Friday with almost $10M in the bank is a great way to start a theatrical run, and Warner Bros. Pictures should be very happy with the film’s debut.
“SHAZAM!” is opening in over 4,200 locations nationwide this week and the film is trending to make between $45M and $50M at the domestic box office. That would be the lowest opening yet for the DCEU, but “SHAZAM!” is targeting a new demographic for the franchise. While the film may not break any opening records, it’s one of the best-reviewed films in the DC Universe. “SHAZAM!” currently sits with a 93% rating on RottenTomatoes, with an audience score of 90%. Critics have praised the film’s lighthearted tone, a departure from the DCEU’s traditional dark and gloomy storytelling.
Despite setbacks in the past, the DCEU has been trending upward at the box office. The latest films have been a hit with fans and critics, and that’s something that the DC films don’t always pull off. The two previous films, “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman,” also did very well in theaters. “Wonder Woman” pulled in over $821M worldwide and “Aquaman” made over $1.1B for the studio. “SHAZAM!” doesn’t have to hit the same milestone, since Shazam’s budget was about half as much as the King of Atlantis had in 2018.
If you are new to the “SHAZAM!” storyline, the film follows Billy Batson (Asher Angel), a teen that can transform into the powerful Shazam (Zachary Levi) by saying his name. Shazam aquires his powers and learns to use them, while also learning that villains can be just as strong.
As for the “Pet Sematary” reboot, the film should end its theatrical run in the green. The movie is based on Stephen King’s horror novel of the same name and is expected to gross about $20M on its domestic opening weekend. With an estimated budget of $21M, the film will start in a good place. “Pet Sematary” stars Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz and John Lithgow.
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