Three weeks ahead of its release, Warner Bros.
’s “Shazam” got its first round of opening weekend estimates on Thursday morning, with independent trackers setting it at a $40 million launch.
While that would be a drop from the $72.5 million launch “Aquaman
” had in December en route to a $334 million domestic/$1.14 billion global gross, there’s still plenty of reason for optimism for this lighter, sillier DC
For starters, it was made on a smaller budget. While “Aquaman
” was reported to have a budget well north of $150 million, individuals with knowledge of the production tell TheWrap
that the budget for “Shazam” was closer to $100 million, similar to what Sony
spent on its 2018 comic book hit “Venom
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Along with the lower price tag, “Shazam” has enjoyed very positive social media buzz ever