New Line Cinema’s DC Sequel ‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ Looks to Soar to Top of Box Office

Warner Bros. Discovery’s New Line Cinema avoided a minefield late last year when it pulled its planned Dec. 21 debut of DC superhero movie sequel Shazam! Fury of the Gods — which was scheduled to debut just days after 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water, which has gone on to become the No. 3 all-time grossing box office release.

New Line is now set to release the follow up to 2019’s box office hit Shazam! today (March 17), taking on last weekend’s No. 1 Scream VI (Paramount Pictures) and the previous weekend topper, MGM Studios’ boxing drama Creed III.

While the original Shazam!, which also starred Zachary Levi, debuted with more than $53 million on the way to a $366 million global box office haul, sequel Fury of the Gods is looking to generate about half of that total, according to Box Office Pro, which cited a lack of social media buzz and pre-debut ticket sales. Warner is projecting opening North American revenue of around $35 million.

The movie sold $3.4 million in tickets in special Thursday screenings.

Regardless, the ticket sales should be enough to push Scream VI into the No. 2 spot with an additional $19 million in ticket sales ($77.1 million North American total). Creed III is expected to round out the podium with $18.2 million in revenue, upping its three-week domestic tally past $130 million.

Other returning titles include Sony Pictures’ astronaut actioner 65 ($5.6 million) and Universal Pictures’ comedy thriller Cocaine Bear ($4.2 million), which debuted on premium VOD and premium sellthrough March 14 — 17 days after the movie’s theatrical debut.

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