Warner Bros.' latest DC Extended Universe film Shazam! is expected to earn $40 million domestically over its opening weekend.
At a glance, this number may seem inferior to the gross earnings of Aquaman in its opening weekend. However, it should be noted that there is a significant difference in budget between the two. Shazam! had a relatively humble production budget of $80 million, while Aquaman enjoyed a sizeable budget of approximately $160-$200 million. With that in mind, it appears that Shazam! will see a more profitable opening weekend than its DCEU predecessor.
Warner Bros. has partnered with Fandango in order to increase the amount of buzz surrounding the film. The service will allow fans to screen Shazam! two weeks before it premieres in theaters. Tickets are currently exclusively available to VIP members of Fandango.
The film centers on Billy Batson, a 14-year-old kid who is chosen by the powerful wizard Shazam to become a champion for good. Batson discovers his godlike powers and uses them to fight evil, such as the powerful Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.
Warner Bros.' upcoming superhero film will contend with Pet Sematary (directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer) and Disney's live-action remake Dumbo, which will be in its second weekend when Shazam! is released in theaters.
Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Zachary Levi as Shazam, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Djimon Hounsou as the ancient wizard Shazam, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jack Dylan Grazer as Frederick “Freddy” Freeman, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Cooper Andrews as Victor Vásquez and Marta Milans as Rosa Vásquez. In theaters April 5.