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Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ Soft Tracking – The Hollywood Reporter

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DC and New Line Cinema Shazam! Wrath of the Gods He’s hoping for some heavenly help when it opens this weekend in thousands of theaters across the US and the world.

According to beta tracking, the superhero pic is expected to debut at over $35 million in North America, compared to its domestic debut of $53.5 million. Shazam! In 2019, not adjusted for inflation. There are no major Hollywood studios in the business of making a sequel that doesn’t match the first, leaving many to wonder if the tracking is too conservative in this case.

And yet the families — who played a major role in the first film’s performance — remain a defiant experince for pandemic-era moviegoers.

Wrath of the Gods It is the twelfth installment in the DC Extended Universe, and the first to be released since director James Gunn Shazam! Producer Peter Safran has been named Co-President of DC Studios, home to some of the most iconic superheroes in comic book history (starting with Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman).

Like rival Marvel Studios, DC also mines lesser-known superheroes, such as Shazam.

He should Wrath of the Gods It actually reaches $35 million, it might also raise concerns about superhero fatigue. In recent weeks, it’s been Marvel and Disney’s threequel Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania It debuted to a relatively tepid $106.1 million domestically before suffering the worst sophomore drop of any film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Shazam 2The villains are the daughters of Atlas, a trio of ancient gods who have come to Earth to retrieve the magical powers taken from them by the wizard Shazam (Djimon Hounsou). Of course, it’s up to Billy Batson, aka Shazam (Asher Angel/Zachary Levi) to defeat the villains, along with his extended family/fellow superheroes Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer/Adam Brody), Eugene (Ian Chen/Ross Butler) , Darla (Faithe Herman/Meagan Good), Pedro (Jovan Armand/DJ Cotrona) and Mary (Grace Caroline Currey, playing both regular and superhero versions of her character with a hairstyle change).

The gods Hespera, Calypso, and Anthea are played by Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu, and in her first film since her breakout role in Spielberg’s film. west side storyRachel Ziegler.

Directed by David F. Sandburg Shazam! Wrath of the Gods From a script by Henry Jayden and Chris Morgan.

Wrath of the Gods Also coming up is the future of DC characters and the actors who were introduced before Gunn and Safran took over the scale. Superman actor Henry Cavill, for one, won’t be returning. Levi spoke about his future at the Hollywood premiere on Tuesday, saying Hollywood Reporter: “I’m very happy with this movie… I hope it won’t be my last.”


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.