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Zachary Levi’s Shazam 2 is Even Worse than Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam? Concerning $3.4 Million Box Office Collection for Latest DCU Movie

James Gunn is all set to possibly completely reboot the DC universe and the initial box office numbers of Shazam 2 will only bolster his confidence in his decision. The Zachary Levi starrer Shazam! Fury of the Gods has been finally released in theaters, but it is off to a dismal start that’s poorer than its predecessor. Numbers say it’s the worst of any DCEU film ever made. Fans hoping for another film to complete the trilogy will need to dial down their expectations after this.
Shazam 2 Falls Face First At The Box Office
The cast of Shazam 2

The cast of Shazam 2
As per Deadline, Shazam 2 has grossed $3.4 million on Thursday and will probably open to an $11 million total on Friday, and $30 million over the weekend across 4,071 theaters. Directed by David F. Sandberg, the film has raked in the absolute lowest Thursday gross numbers in the history of the DCEU. As such, it’s even lower than the first Shazam movie which grossed $9.2 million in Thursday domestic previews, and also the last released DC movie, Black Adam, that raked in $7.6 million. Here’s what the DCEU films have grossed on Thursday previews at the domestic box office by their order of release:

Man of Steel (2013) – $21.1M
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – $27.7M
Suicide Squad (2016) – $20.5M
Wonder Woman (2017) – $11M
Justice League (2017) – $13M
Aquaman (2018) – $13.7M
Shazam! (2019) – $9.2M
Birds of Prey (2020) – $4M
The Suicide Squad (2021) – $4.1M
Black Adam (2022) – $7.6M
Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023) – $3.4M

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David F. SandbergDavid F. Sandberg
The list doesn’t have Wonder Woman 1984, because the 2020 film didn’t have Thursday screenings at all. Deadline also reports that Shazam 2 has a budget of $125M before promotions and advertisement. The box office numbers come as a surprise because the first film was extremely well received and holds a 90% critics rating and 82% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
In comparison, the sequel holds a 54% critic rating and an 84% audience score. Even if the audience score is higher, it’s clear that not many are interested in actually spending money to see the film. As such, with dismal box office numbers, the chances of a sequel becomes lower every day.

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Future Of Shazam In The DCU
James GunnJames Gunn
The Hollywood Reporter published that James Gunn, during the DCU slate presentation, said that the four leads of the DC films releasing in 2023 could reprise their roles in future DCU projects. The outlet reported:
“The four leads of those films could potentially return to their roles in DCU projects down the line. ‘There is nothing that prohibits that from happening,’ said Gunn.”
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However, fans weren’t sure that the red cheesy superhero will actually have a future in the DCU. So director David F. Sandberg took to Twitter to clarify that the only way to get more of Shazam will be to watch the movie. He said:
“What I’ve been told is that there’s nothing in the Shazam films that contradict the future plans for DC. So the possibility for more Shazam is there and if that’s what you want your best bet is to go see the film.”
Here’s the tweet:

He definitely won’t if people don’t go see the movie. What I’ve been told is that there’s nothing in the Shazam films that contradict the future plans for DC. So the possibility for more Shazam is there and if that’s what you want your best bet is to go see the film.
— David F. Sandberg (@ponysmasher) February 28, 2023

So while Zachary Levi’s hero could appear in Gunn’s DCU later on, the poor box office numbers seem to indicate that there won’t be another film to complete the Shazam trilogy. However, Shazam 2 could see a rise in box office numbers if word-of-mouth for the film turns out to be good. It remains to be seen how the movie performs.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods is now in theaters.
Source: Deadline and Twitter

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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