By KOFI OUTLAW - April 5, 2019 02:14 pm
DC's Shazam! is now in theaters, and as moviegoers contemplate if/how to spend their money at the box office this weekend, they'll no doubt be swayed by the official word from Rotten Tomatoes. At the time of writing this, Shazam! is sitting pretty with a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, with 192 reviews having been tallied for the review score.
Check out the official announcement by Rotten Tomatoes:
Rotten Tomatoes✔@RottenTomatoes#SHAZAM is #CertifiedFresh at 93% on the #Tomatometer, with 192 reviews. https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/article/shazam-is-certified-fresh/?cmp=TWRT_Edit_CC_Shazam …2,4427:50 PM - Apr 5, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacyShazam! Is Certified FreshPlus, Pet Sematary is better the second time around, Jordan Peele's The Twilight Zone is appropriately thought-provoking, and The Best of Enemies should be better.editorial.rottentomatoes.com
#SHAZAM is #CertifiedFresh at 93% on the #Tomatometer, with 192 reviews. https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/article/shazam-is-certified-fresh/?cmp=TWRT_Edit_CC_Shazam …
Plus, Pet Sematary is better the second time around, Jordan Peele's The Twilight Zone is appropriately thought-provoking, and The Best of Enemies should be better.
Shazam! has generally been met with enthusiastic responses from both critics and moviegoers, alike. The film's "Big meets Superman" concept has appeal for both kids and adults, and director David F. Sandberg seems to have infused the film with the kind of lighthearted sense of comic book fun and adventure that a lot of fans of the genre thought was missing from earlier DC Extended Universe releases like Man of Steel or Batman v Superman.
Comicbook.com's Brandon Davis was extremely enthusiastic about the film in his own Shazam! review, stating:
"All things considered, Shazam! shapes up to be the best movie based on a DC Comics character since The Dark Knight changed the comic book movie game in 2008. Christopher Nolan's film probably still holds the torch for best film in the genre given its ability to transcend the comic book movie world and become a psychological thriller, above all else, but Shazam! certainly gives the film a run for its money. It's the sheer levels of fun, heart, and terror Shazam! masterfully balances which make it a lightning bolt of joy... By the time Shazam! comes to an end, moviegoers will definitely know this hero’s name and be eager to hear it shouted many more times. This might just be the most fun audiences have at the movies this year, and it’s proof that DC has another major winner on its hands. Shazam! is, quite simply, lightning in a bottle."
You can watch Brandon's full Shazam! review above!
Shazam is now in theaters; Joker arrives on October 4, Birds of Prey on February 7, 2020, Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020, and The Batman on June 25, 2021.
Film's good. Too bad a lot of people has the pre-conception that this is either too kiddish. or be too much like other DCEU movies that came before (minus Aquaman and Wonder Woman).
NEW YORK – Seven films in, the DC Extended Universe is finally flying with some wind behind its back.
The well-reviewed, relatively modestly budgeted “Shazam!” debuted with $53.5 million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday, handing DC its latest critical and box-office success.
Though one of the oldest characters in DC’s superhero stable, “Shazam!” doesn’t boast the name-recognition of Batman or Superman.
This image released by Warner Bros. shows Zachary Levi, left, and Jack Dylan Grazer in a scene from “Shazam!” (Steve Wilkie/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)
But by scaling back to a $100 million budget and going for the lighter, comic tone, “Shazam!” steadily built up its word of mouth with stellar reviews.
Warner Bros. also showed the film nationwide two weeks before opening, where it made $3 million in advance screenings.
“Shazam!” came out well ahead of the weekend’s other top draw, “Pet Sematary.”
Paramount Pictures’ remake of the original 1989 Stephen King adaptation opened in a distant second with $25 million.
It’s a solid start for “Pet Sematary,” though far from the haul that the last big-screen adaptation of King’s conjured up: “It” opened with $123.4 million in 2017.
Last week’s top film, “Dumbo,” slid steeply in its second week. Landing in third, the Disney live-action remake dropped 60% with $18.2 million.
Pitched as “‘Big’ meets Superman,'” “Shazam!” stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, a teenage foster kid who transforms into an adult superhero (played by Zachary Levi).
Jeff Goldstein, distribution chief at Warner Bros., said the studio originally forecast a $40 million opening. “That was the right number for us,” Goldstein said. “That’s what we needed to make money on it.”
But expectations grew based on reviews (91% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and audience reaction (an “A” Cinemascore). The PG-13-rated film attracted an especially young crowd; 45% were under 25.
The result further validated DC’s pivot following the disappointments of Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman” and David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad.”
Warner Bros. has since steered its comic book adaptions in a different direction, leaning more on stand-alone entries less predicated on the overall “universe” and more fluctuating in tone.
Following “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman,” ”Shazam!” makes it three in a row for DC superhero standalones.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included.
MANILA, April 9, 2019 -- The country’s fanboys and moviegoers shouted the magic word “Shazam!” last weekend, catapulting Warner Bros.’ latest DC superhero to the top of the Philippine box-office at No.1.
The comedy adventure starring Zachary Levi as the titular hero arrived with a five-day opening weekend of P79.6-million, dominating with more than 50% market share and gave Warner Bros. Pictures its biggest opening for the year.
A hit with both fans and critics for its high entertainment value and joyful, comedic tone, “Shazam!” also gifted director David F. Sandberg his best opening ever locally, soaring past such blockbusters as 2016’s “Lights Out” and 2017’s “Annabelle: Creation.”
In the US and international markets, “Shazam!” dominated as well with a global start of $158.6 million.
Now playing in Philippine cinemas nationwide, “Shazam!” is a New Line Cinema production, and distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros., a WarnerMedia Company. Use the hashtag #SHAZAM