Fury Of The Gods’ May Thrive Alongside ‘Avatar 2’
In a sane world, opening days later Avatar: The Way of the Water would not be a death sentence for Shazam: Fury of the Gods. Yes, it’s obvious that Warner Bros. Discovery has moved David F. Sandberg’s DC Films sequel to December 21 and pushed James Wan’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom until March 23, 2023. One movie is a mega-buck sequel to a $1.148 billion franchise launcher, one that grossed $298 million in China no less, and the other is a fantasy d well-reviewed and well-received $90 million horror. / Foster Family Drama that grossed $139 million domestically and $366 million worldwide, including only $43 million in China. Whether Shazam 2again starring Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer and Grace Fulton (among others) and now bringing Helen Mirren, Lucy Liu and Rachel Zegler to the party as value-added elements, is going to be a sequel in small groups, he can still do it in the midst of a busy but beneficial Christmas season.
When no one expects Shazam: Fury of the Gods match Avatar: The Way of the Waterthere’s no dishonor in second place if the big ones are big enough. Star Wars: The Last Jedi earned $1.33 billion in December 2017 as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle earned $962 million and The greatest showman earned $434 million. Bumblebee and Mary Poppins Returns earned $471m (including, to be fair, $171m in China) and $350m while Aquaman was over $1.1 billion. Even in 2009, sherlock holmes exceeded $525 million and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel earned $443 million in the same weeks as Avatar earned $2.8 billion worldwide. And, yes, classic example, 25 years ago, Titanic earned $1.8 billion while tomorrow never dies earned $333 million and Mouse hunter earned $122 million. If the industry has really recovered, then Avatar 2 and Shazam 2 should both earn “good enough” worldwide incomes.
The first one Shazamwhich I would still say is DC Films’ best ever movie (although some days it’s a four-way tie between Shazam, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Birds of prey), was working fine until Avengers: Endgame opened with a colossal (even by pre-release estimates) $1.2 billion worldwide. come what may, Shazam is exactly the kind of film that gets discovered or rediscovered post-theater and thus gains more fans who show up on opening weekend (or, for Christmas, sometimes within the first ten days or so) for the follow-up. Think, out of the blue, Perfect, Austin Powers, John Wick, Scream and (relatively speaking) batman begins. Also, while I don’t know the budget for this follow-up, I have to assume that the revenue goes hand in hand with Bumblebee, the greatest showman Where Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ($390 million in 2018) will be “good enough.” Talking about that, Through the Spider-Verse is almost a surefire sequel.
When you have two weeks of weekdays playing like weekends, popular and family movies can score alongside each other. The trailer emphasizes the whole “all kids have powers now” hook and will work well with kids showing up at DC League of Super Pets next weekend. Everything looks colorful and very entertaining, although I hope we don’t lose the authentic melancholy (“like Anthony Fisher with superpowers”) and the Amblin-level horror that made the first movie so exciting. The monologue almost reads like a metaphor for Shazam’s low-budget existence in a world of mega-budget superhero movies. There’s quite a bit of glare amid this superpowered family feud. Granted, given the world as it exists and the admittedly intense competition from James Cameron’s sequel, this is a case of a world total simply being on par with its predecessor, again assuming that it is good and crowd-pleasing, counts as a relative win.