Warner Bros.’ upcoming latest entry in their DC Extended Universe, Shazam!, is reportedly eyeing upwards of a $40 million opening weekend at the domestic box office.
Those are good numbers, especially given that with an $80 million price tag, Shazam! cost less than half of last year’s Aquaman – which outperformed expectations for an $80 million opening weekend, before going on to cross the $1 billion mark worldwide.
Based on the DC Comics character of the same name, the film follows orphaned teenager Billy Batson (Asher Angel) as he is imbued with the magical ability to transform into an adult superhero (Zachary Levi) by uttering the name “Shazam!”, and sees him face off against the evil Dr. Sivana (Mark Strong) who seeks to covet his power.
The film will launch on the 5th of April, in the UK.