Los Angeles, March 19 - DC Studios' latest superhero movie, Shazam Fury Of The Gods
fails to fly high at the domestic (North America) as well as the overseas box office and fell short of the expectations.
The sequel to the successful 2019's film opened at number 1 on the domestic opening weekend with $30.5 million, according to Variety. It was, however, projected to start with around $40 million, which was still lower than the opening of its predecessor which debuted with $53.50 million.
Not only just domestically, but the Shazam sequel also opened lower than expected internationally, grossing $35 million from 77 markets for a global start of $65.5 million. It was projected for, at least, an $80+ million worldwide launch.
The buzz for Shazam 2 was already low and the critics' reviews too were against it which made the job tougher for it. It landed a B+ CinemaScore, down from the first film's A grade. And it holds 53% on Rotten Tomatoes, an epic decline from the original's 90% average.
Among the overseas markets of Shazam 2, China leads with a $4.4 million opening weekend, followed by Mexico with $4 million and the UK with $3 million. India is the 7th biggest overseas market of the movie with a $1.2 million weekend.
Hollywood trade experts believe that Fury Of The Gods might struggle to reach even $200 million worldwide, which will be a disastrous result for a $110 million budgeted flick.