Over the past few months, some high-profile films have been showed weeks ahead of their official premieres at nationwide preview screenings. The practice has been successful with these earlier releases, but it looks like Shazam! scored better results than any of the other previews.
This surpasses the $2.6 million preview screening of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and $2.9 million earned by fellow DC blockbuster Aquaman, which held a similar preview last year through Amazon Prime and went on to earn over $1 billion at the international box office.
This bodes well for Shazam! which has also been earning critical praise ahead of its national release in two weeks. The super hero film currently has a 94% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of this writing.
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. The film hits theaters Apr. 5.