SHAZAM! opens to an estimated $158.8M worldwide

After a nervous weekend the first numbers for Shazam! are in. The movie has opened to an estimated (and respectful) $158.7M worldwide.

The David F. Sanberg directed pictures bowed with around $53.4M at the domestic box office, with the added $3.3M from pre-Thursday previews that figure is pumped up to a running total of $56.7M.

China leads the way at the international box office with an estimated $31M. The movie hasn’t played quite as hugely as expected in the market. Word of mouth on the more child friendly humour appears to have pushed the numbers down across the weekend. Nevertheless the opening is still one of Warner Bros. highest in the market.

China is followed by Mexico with $6.2M and we here in the UK generated an impressive $5.3M. Other top territories include Russia ($5.2M), Brazil ($5.1M), Indonesia ($4.1M), Korea ($3.9M), Australia ($3.4M), France ($2.8M), Taiwan ($2.7M), Thailand ($2.2M), Malaysia ($2M), Italy ($2M), Spain ($1.7M) and Germany ($1.4M).

According to BoxOfficeMojo the global tally for Shazam! currently sits at $158.8M.

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

Shazam! also stars Jack Dylan Grazer (“IT”) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (“Annabelle: Creation”); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (TV’s “This is Us”); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat”); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O”). Cooper Andrews (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) and Marta Milans (TV’s “Killer Women”) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez, with Djimon Hounsou (“This is Us”) as the Wizard.

Christopher Godsick, Jeffrey Chernov, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia are serving as executive producers.

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By Neil Vagg

Neil is the GYCO Editorial Chief. He has a BA in Film & TV and an MA in Scriptwriting; he currently works 9-5 as an office manager and 5-9 as a reviewer/web designer. He has been subscribing to comics for around nine years but has been reading them as long as he can remember. Favourite comics: Batman; Nightwing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and All New X-Men Favourite films: Batman (any apart from & Robin); Star Trek Generations, Underworld, Beetlejuice Favourite TV shows: Fringe; Buffy, Arrow, TBBT, Being Human UK and Star Trek TNG