According to Variety, Shazam! is currently predicted to gross upwards of $40 million during its opening weekend at the U.S. box office early next month. For comparison's sake, Aquamandebuted with $67.8 million in the U.S. this past December (the DCEU's lowest opening yet) and Wonder Woman opened with $103.2 million domestically back in June 2017. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice still holds the record for the DCEU's highest stateside premiere, with a $166 million three-day weekend take.
It's long been expected the the film would open well below the previous DCEU movies simply because mainstream audiences aren't all that familiar with Shazam himself. Fortunately, Variety is reporting that the film had an $80 million production budget (which is even lower than the $90 million number previously reported), so it doesn't need to perform nearly as strongly as previous DCEU tentpoles to turn a profit.
Shazam! tells the tale of Billy Batson (Asher Angel), a teenaged foster kid who gains the ability to transform into a Superman-like hero named Shazam (Zachary Levi) simply by calling out his name.
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