Box Office: ‘Shazam! Fury Of The Gods’ Shows Little Spark With Disappointing Debut

1. Shazam! Fury of the Gods (review)– $30.5M

There was just one major release this week, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, as any potential rivals chose to avoid the DC superhero sequel. But…well, perhaps they shouldn’t have? Because the Zachary Levi-led film opened to just $30.5M, well below studio expectations, and below the $53M debut of its 2019 predecessor. The worldwide haul of just $65M is also disappointing, but perhaps unsurprising. Critical reviews, including my own, were not good, ranking it among the lowest-rated DCEU movies ever. But the bigger problem might be that it sits in limbo until we know the franchise’s future under the guidance of James Gunn. This is the same situation that will face every DC movie this year (The Flash, Blue Beetle, Aquaman 2), and Gunn might want to look at changing the narrative before those films also struggle to reach audiences.

2. Scream VI– $17.5M/$76M

3. Creed III– $15.3M/$127.6M

4. 65– $5.8M/$22.4M

5. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania– $4M/$205.8M

Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is another superhero movie that just didn’t catch on, only taking in $462M worldwide in five weeks. I don’t like the term “superhero fatigue” but something is definitely going on right now.

6. Cocaine Bear– $3.8M/$58.4M

7. Jesus Revolution– $3.5M/$45.5M

8. Champions– $3M/$10.5M

9. Avatar: The Way of Water– $1.9M/$678.1M

10. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish– $1.5M/$182.5M

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.