‘Shazam! 2’ Fails Disastrously At Weekend Box Office

Zachary Levi as Shazam

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Although we had already predicted that Shazam! wrath of the gods would flop, to see it come true just a day after its release in theaters is brutal. Luckily, director David F. Sandberg takes it in stride, revealing that he already knew this was going to happen.

In the meantime, The Mandalorian Showrunners are teasing fans that Season 3 will offer a slew of surprises. It won’t beat Luke Skywalker himself showing up at the end of the season 2 finale to take down the villains, but you might still find it comforting to know that Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni know how to entertain their audiences.

Check out these beats and more in today’s sci-fi roundup below.

Tom Cruise gives The Lightning a sizzling review so now the entire internet is gasping in anticipation

the Lightning
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You might not like Tom Cruise for some of his real-life associations, but you can’t deny that the man has essentially directed some of the biggest action movies of the last two decades. He even skipped the cinema nonchalantly Top Gun: Maverick in 2022, so it’s more than earned what makes a good movie and what doesn’t. Well, it seems the box office dominator loves The Lightning and says it’s “everything you want in a movie.” You heard the man, now get ready to pre-order tickets for the opening weekend.

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The Mandalorian Season 3 will be packing surprises into every episode, the showrunners tease

Bo-Katan in her helmet The Mandalorian/Disney Plus
The Mandalorian/Disney Plus

The Mandalorian Season 2 went all out with these surprising cameos and twist reveals, not only bringing Ahsoka Tano back to life but also bringing back the legendary Luke Skywalker after his exploits Return of the Jedi. The ongoing third season will have a hard time matching the swirling chaos of season two’s awesomeness, but according to the showrunners, you can still expect a surprise reveal in every episode.

“We like surprises,” Jon Favreau told the official Star Wars website, per “We want something to be revealed in every episode. I like it when everyone is trying to see it at the same time and then talking about it and reacting to it and discussing it. Try to guess what will happen next. That’s part of the fun of serialized storytelling. We want to make sure that there’s new information coming out each week and that things may unravel in unexpected ways, but in a way that feels justified and emotionally resonant and character-based. Look, we just hope people like these new stories. I definitely enjoy doing what I’m doing here. Hopefully we can keep doing this for a long time.”

Shazam! wrath of the gods The director knows the film is a box office bomb and accepts it

Shazam Wrath of the Gods
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After a troubled advertising campaign Shazam! wrath of the gods open to mediocre reviews and a mixed reception from audiences. That, coupled with moviegoers’ general exhaustion towards the superhero genre, has made the premiere a disaster, with the film’s opening projections now grossing somewhere in the $30 million mark. However, David F. Sandberg is aware of this fiasco and has called this defeat inevitable. “It’s not like this comes as a surprise,” he wrote yesterday. “I saw where this was going a long time ago. I’ll be okay though. I got all my money paid in advance.”

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