Shazam! zooms up to the Number 1 spot on the Official Film Chart following its release on disc. The light-hearted adaptation of the DC comics classic, starring Zachary Levi as the titular character, zips up two places to claim the top spot from Tim Burton’s Dumbo (2), which spent two weeks at the helm. Shazam! is also joined by two other DC titles in the top 10 this week, with animated adventure Batman: Hush debuting at Number 6, while Jason Momoa’s Aquaman holds on at 7. Making its terrifying entrance into the Top 10 is Pet Sematary, rising a massive 35 places to Number 3 thanks to its release on DVD and Blu-Ray. This adaptation of Stephen King’s haunting novel tells the story of a young family, who upon relocating from Boston USA to rural Maine discover a mysterious pet burial ground in the woods near their new home. When their cat is killed by a truck, the father buries it in the cemetery, and quickly finds that all is not as it seems. Hellboy hangs onto its place at Number 4 on digital downloads only, ahead of previous Number 1 Captain Marvel at 5. Alita: Battle Angel drops three places to Number 8, Mary Poppins Returns is down one at Number 9, and Bohemian Rhapsody makes a triumphant return to the Top 10 at Number 10. This week check out a trailer from the terrifying The Curse Of La Llorona, the sixth film in The Conjuring Universe, available to download & keep from August 26.
Adam Brody talks about his experience on the superhero teamup that never was, George Miller's "Justice League Mortal," and his return to DC Comics in "Shazam!"
“Shazam!” screenplay writer Henry Gayden has been tapped to write the DC superhero movie’s sequel for DC and New Line, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. The filmmaking team of David F. Sandberg and Peter Safran are also expected to return.The writer has a busy slate as he is also adapting “Last Human,” a live-action science fiction film from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller based on the forthcoming novel of the same name by Lee Bacon, which Sony/TriStar have won in a bidding war. The film is described as a “reverse ET” and tells the story of an artificial intelligence society where three robots discover a human child.“Shazam!” was the 1 film worldwide this weekend, over-performing expectations with a domestic cume of $56.8 million (inclusive of $3.3m in previews) and $102.3 internationally for a worldwide figure of $159.1 million on a relatively modest budget for a superhero film. New Line’s “Shazam!” is the third hit in a row for Warner Bros. & DC after “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman.” The crowd-pleasing “Shazam!” earned an ‘A’ Cinemascore with audiences and a stellar 92% certified fresh Rotten Tomatoes score.Also Read: Does DC Comics' 'Shazam' Have a Post-Credits Scene?“Shazam!” follows the teen-aged Billy (Asher Angel) after he is chosen as the vessel of Shazam (Zachary Levi), an ancient wizard with extraordinary powers. But Shazam probably didn’t count on Billy reacting to becoming a super-powered adult the way most middle- school boys would: by buying beer, goofing around with his excited foster brother, and going to a real estate office to find a super-cool hero lair that would blow Superman’s Fortress of Solitude out of the water. But Billy isn’t the only one that has encountered Shazam. Many years earlier, another boy named Thaddeus Sivana came face-to-face with the wizard but was not chosen as his champion. Now, as a billionaire industrialist, Sivana (Mark Strong) wishes to acquire the magic Shazam has mastered for himself… and only Billy can stop him.“Shazam!” is directed by David F. Sandberg and also stars Jack Dylan Grazer, Michelle Borth and Djimon Hounsou.Gayden’s credits also include “Earth to Echo.”Gayden is repped by UTA and Kaplan Perrone.Read original story ‘Shazam!’ Writer Henry Gayden Will Return to Write Sequel (Exclusive) At TheWrap
The colourful superhero tale 'Shazam!' has ascended to the top of the UK box office in its opening weekend, hitting an excellent £4m.
SUNDAY UPDATE, writethru: Shazam! is the word at the international box office this weekend, with the Warner Bros/New Line/DC title striking past the $100M mark in its debut. On 40,000 screens in 79 offshore markets, the David F Sandberg-directed family superhero pic grossed $102M. The global opening is $158.6M when combined with domestic's strong start. The Zachary Levi-starrer ranked as the No. 1 Hollywood pic in 60 out of its 79 debuts. It was the top film in the…
The makers of 'Shazam!' dispute reports of the astronomical cost of the supersuit and talk about how they nailed the design.
Zachary Levi doesn't seem convinced he'll get to face off with Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam, but he definitely relishes the opportunity should it ever happen.
Alarm bells started to ring when Warner Bros announced that the Shazam reviews embargo would lift on a Saturday afternoon PST. Because critics have reacted uproariously to Shazam, praising it for being a joyous, uplifting and all round hilarious superhero film that’s perfect for kids and adults alike.