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Weekend Box Office Results: Lightning Doesn’t Strike Twice with Shazam Sequel

Weekend Box Office Results for March 17-19, 2023

Please find the Top 10 Weekend Box Office Results below.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods

March has been an absolutely riveting month for the box office with mid-tier films opening above industry projections and establishing new franchise records. This weekend, Shazam! Fury of the Gods offers the first disappointing box office opening for the month as it opens to $30.5M which is a mighty 43% below what Shazam! opened with ($53.5M). With that movie making a total of $140M domestically, if Shazam! Fury of the Gods has the same staying power then it will pace itself towards an $80 million domestic total. Ouch!

Shazam! Fury of the Gods needs $312.5M worldwide in order to break even and with the first movie only making $366M, that possibility seems very bleak at this stage. The international opening was only $35M itself so there is very little chance this will have good legs when you consider March competition, lacklustre critical consensus (53% on Rotten Tomatoes) and average WOM (B+ CinemaScore). I’ll bet Warner Brothers and DC can’t wait for Chapter 1 of their new DC universe.

Scream VI

As expected, Scream VI has a sharp drop (-60.6%) to $17.5M and this isn’t something to be worried about – especially from a studio standpoint as horror/thriller films usually open high and drop rapidly. Very few tend to break this trend when it comes to box office. Scream V itself dropped heavily during its second weekend (-59.3%) and that opened much lower than VI. In fact, Scream VI is only $5 million from beating Scream V‘s domestic total so I am sure Paramount Pictures are very happy with the results.

In comparison to the Scream franchise, let’s see how it compares. The first Scream film has the highest Domestic and Global total from the franchise – with Scream 2 being within earshot of both totals – this stands at $103M (DOM) & $173M (GLOBAL). Scream VI is currently at $76 domestically and based on the strong opening weekend, solid weekday totals and a solid 2nd-weekend drop – it is on track towards $105M – $115M, maybe higher. It’ll very likely be the best in the franchise domestically – however, the worldwide total may go down to the wire by the end of its run – we’ll see how things shape up.

Other interesting box office news:

  • Avatar: The Way of Water – continuing its amazing holds and on pace to pass Avengers: Infinity War this week.
  • Creed III had another strong hold again despite competition – tracking towards $175M final DOM total.
  • Everything Everywhere All At Once reopened in theatres following its Oscar sweep and had $1.2 over the weekend, total now exceeding $75 million. Not bad for A24!

Domestic Weekend Box Office Results for March 17-19, 2023

1.) Shazam! Fury of the Gods – 4,071 theatres – $30.5M

2.) Scream VI – 3,676 theatres – $17.5M (-61%) – Total $76M

3.) Creed III – 3,477 theatres – 3-day $15.3M (-44%) – Total $127.7M

4.) 65 – 3,405 theatres – 3-day $5.8M (-53%) – Total $22.4M

5.) Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – 2,650 theatres – 3-day $4.07M (-43%) – Total $205.8M

6.) Cocaine Bear – 2,687 theatres – 3-day $3.87M (-39%) – Total $58.4M

7.) Jesus Revolution – 2,354 theatres – 3-day $3.5M (-32%) – Total $45.4M

8.) Champions – 3,039 theatres – 3-day $3M (-41%) – Total $10.5M

9.) Avatar: The Way of Water – 1,190 theatres – 3-day $1.92M (-28%) – Total $678.1M

10.) Puss in Boots: Last Wish – 1,735 theatres – 3-day $1.5M (-14%) – Total $182.5M

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