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Shazam 2, M3GAN Bombs at the Chinese Box Office – The Hollywood Reporter


Hollywood’s latest string of shaky box office results continued in China over the weekend, as the sequel to the Warner Bros. superhero blockbuster. Shazam! Wrath of the Gods and the horror hit Universal M3GAN Both crashed and burned, losing out to the pending Chinese releases.

Shazam! 2Directed by David F. Sandberg and starring Zachary Levi, it opened to just $4.3 million, according to data from Artisan Gateway. The first impression represents a segment of 86 percent of the original Shazam!$29.7 million opening in 2019. Maoyan ticket project currently projects Shazam 2 To end with just $7.5 million, one of the lowest results in recent memory for an American superhero.

Chinese Comedy After the fact, which opened on March 10, easily won its second frame at $18.8. million spaces. The film was written, directed and stars Chengpeng Dong (Chinatown Detective 3). The film follows a salesman in a cemetery plot who struggles to salvage his reputation after being slandered with lies online. It earned $51.2 million and is expected to end with just over $100 million. The second place again went to the domestic crime drama alivewhich grossed $6.3 million. Produced by Beijing TM Pictures, this movie has grossed $22.3 million to date.

M3GAN far worse than Shazam 2opened in fifth place with just $1.6 million – behind the domestic animated film Boonie Bears: Guardian Acta movie in cinemas since late January. M3GAN It is expected to struggle to reach $3 million before its China operation ends. American horror films have not traditionally had a place in the heavily censored Chinese film market, but several new PG13-rated Hollywood horror films have made their way to the country in recent years. The most successful in this category was John Krasinski A quiet place franchise. the original A quiet place (2018) earned $35 million in China, while the sequel made $39 million in 2021 — a solid result for the pandemic era.

Hollywood Studios’ next major ride in China will come March 31 with the simultaneous release of Paramount’s Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves and science fiction adventures from Sony 65.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.