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Shazam 2 Will be Released on HBO Max After the Worst DCU Opening of $30 Million That Might Cancel the Franchise

Shazam 2 Will be Released on HBO Max After the Worst DCU Opening of $30 Million That Might Cancel the Franchise

There was a lot of buzz, both positive and negative, around Shazam 2 before the film’s theatrical release. On one hand, some fans were excited to see the light-hearted and humorous superhero return to action. On the other hand, the changes at the DC Studios were making it difficult to be excited about an upcoming project. Not to mention the few controversies lead actor Zachary Levi got himself entangled in.

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Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023)

The film was released in theatres just a few days ago and to be completely honest, is not having the best time at the box office. Whether it was the pandemic, the fans’ growing resentment towards the new regime, or something completely different, Shazam 2 is struggling at the box office. With a lower opening than its predecessor, Shazam 2 might be heading toward a dead end, as the team gets ready for a digital release.

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Shazam 2 Gets A Digital Release Date After Terrible Opening

Zachary Levi in Shazam 2
Zachary Levi in Shazam 2

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So far, the numbers have been pretty disappointing for Shazam 2. With not many walking into the theatres to watch the film, it soon will be available to stream from the comfort of your home. The sequel with Zachary Levi returning as the fun and quirky superhero will be available to purchase on Amazon Prime from April 17, 11:00 pm central time, just 32 days after its theatrical release. As for HBO Max, a date has not been set yet, but according to ScreenRant’s prediction, the film should be available to stream there from May 2023.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods bagged the number-one spot in North America upon its release. Despite that, the film saw a disappointing opening at the box office with a total of just $30.5 million across 4,071 theatres. This means that the total number was unable to even touch the expected value, which was anywhere between $35 million to $40 million. The first Shazam film managed to secure an opening of $53.5 million.

Thanks to the $30.5 million value, Shazam 2 bags the position for the worst opening for a DC movie, apart from the ones directly affected by the pandemic. The latter category includes Wonder Woman 1984 with $16.7 million and The Suicide Squad with $26 million.

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Shazam 2 Director on the Film’s Opening

David Sandberg
David F. Sandberg

When you put your heart and soul into a project, only to see it not receive the recognition you thought it would, definitely hurts. However, it looks like director David F. Sandberg was ready for the worst. After he got tagged in a Reddit post talking about the sequel’s box office numbers, Sandberg commented stating,

“No worries. It’s not like this comes as a surprise. I saw where this was heading a long time ago. I’ll be alright though. I got paid all my money upfront [smiley emoji].”

When he got called out for this on Twitter, Sandberg defended his statement stating that he was just being cheeky.

Do you think Shazam 2 will be picking up the pace at the box office anytime soon? Especially with the film coming out so soon on streaming platforms, would fans just rather wait than go to the theatres?

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is currently playing in theatres.

Source: Amazon Prime

Written by Mishkaat Khan

Mishkaat is a medical student who found solace in content writing. Having worked in the industry for about three years, she has written about everything from medicine to literature and is now happy to enlight you about the world of entertainment. She has written over 450 articles for FandomWire as a content writer. When not writing, she can be found obsessing over the world of the supernatural through books and TV.