The sequel to 2019’s Shazam has failed to capture the same kind of success with audiences. Initially the sequel was projected to make a modest $85 million on opening weekend, however, Shazam: Fury of the Gods underperformed and raked in $65.5 million instead. On top of that the movie has received poor reception. Simply…many just don’t like it.
But don’t tell woke Hollywood that because you’ll be accused of racism or bigotry or something. You’re not allowed to not like movies these days.
The development doesn’t look good for Warner Bros. and DC Comics, as it’s yet another in a long line of box office disappointments coming as the studio prepares for a new future under James Gunn and Peter Safran.
David F. Sandberg, the director of “Shazam!” and “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” took to Twitter to address the sequel’s poor critics’ reviews following its opening weekend.
“On Rotten Tomatoes I just got my lowest critic score and my highest audience score on the same film,” Sandberg tweeted with a shrug emoji. “I wasn’t expecting a repeat of the first movie critically but I was still a little surprised because I think it’s a good film. Oh well.”
As of Monday, “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” has a middling 52% rating among all critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Among top critics, it drops to 27%. That’s in sharp contrast to the audience rating, which is a favorable 88%. (For comparison, 2019’s “Shazam!” had a 90% critics score and 88% audience score.)