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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Many said it couldn’t be done. That a superhero movie in between Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame couldn’t find solid success on the financial front — let alone a movie from the inconsistent DC Films. Oh, right. One such outlet was us here at LRM Online. Last December, our own Nick Doll predicted failure for the comedic superhero flick, citing its release smack dab in the middle of a two-month period with four superhero movies hitting as the main reason for its potential failure.

Well, opening weekend has come and gone, and Shazam! has done very well for itself in its opening weekend. According to THR, the (mostly) kid-friendly movie managed to top the North American box office with $53.5 million. If we include those early showings a couple of weeks back, that’s $56.8 million. But that’s not all. The film opened in key markets overseas and has brought in $155.5 million worldwide. The only downside in all this is its Chinese box office, as, in spite of its $30.9 million opening, it suffered a steep drop, potentially hinting at a weak word of mouth.

Sure, this may not seem like huge bucks, especially on the heels of the billion-dollar Captain Marvel and the upcoming two to three-billion-dollar Avengers: Endgame, but given the movie’s $90 million budget and position in a less successful shared universe, this is undoubtedly a huge win for DC Films and everyone else involved. It also helped that the movie was a crowd-pleasing, fun ride.

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SOURCE: THR

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.