Blue Beetle Box Office Beats Shazam 2’s Entire US Total In 3 Weeks, Still Not The Hit The DCU Needs

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Summary

  • Blue Beetle surpasses Shazam! 2 at the domestic box office, already reaching $58.3 million in four days.
  • Despite exceeding Shazam!’s earnings, Blue Beetle still needs to make more to cover its $104 million production cost.
  • Blue Beetle’s success comes after consecutive box office failures for DC releases Black Adam, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, and The Flash.

Blue Beetle has outgrossed Shazam! 2 at the domestic box office. The DC superhero movie follows Jaime Reyes (Xolo Maridueña) after he bonds with an alien scarab that gives him access to a powerful exoskeleton. Blue Beetle premiered on August 18, directly after three consecutive DC releases flopped at the box office, namely Black Adam ($393 million off a roughly $260 million budget – before factoring in publicity costs), Shazam! Fury of the Gods ($133.8 million off $125 million), and The Flash ($268.5 million off roughly $220 million).

Per Deadline, the Blue Beetle box office is set to reach a cumulative total of $58.3 million at the domestic box office by the end of the four-day weekend. This will already outgross the entire domestic run of Shazam! Fury of the Gods, which earned $57.6 million earlier this year. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean Blue Beetle is a success, as it still has a way to go before it earns back its $104.4 million production budget, even when factoring in the international box office.


The Old DCEU Has One More Chance To Score a Hit After Blue Beetle – Will It?

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The DC franchise, which was formerly known as the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), is currently standing at a crossroads. It is about to experience a soft relaunch as the DC Universe (DCU) under the auspices of new DC Studios co-chairmen and co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran, kicking off with the Gunn-written and directed Superman: Legacy on July 11, 2025. However, completed movies that were developed as part of the DCEU have still been premiering in theaters in the meantime, though now there is only one left.

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After a string of lukewarm releases, the final pre-transition DCEU movie, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, will be the previous version of the franchise’s final attempt at a hit before the advent of the DCU proper. That movie, which is currently set to premiere on December 20, does have a point in its favor. It is a sequel to the 2018 Aquaman, which is still the highest-grossing movie in the entire DCEU with a worldwide box office take of $1.14 billion.

While this gives Aquaman 2 an advantage over Blue Beetle, several elements are working against it. In addition to the ongoing Hollywood strikes, which may see no actors promoting the movie if they are continuing to strike for fair pay into December, the long-delayed sequel may suffer from being a vestigial part of a franchise that no longer meaningfully exists, with no clear future for its characters. Co-star Amber Heard has also been a media lightning rod thanks to a televised defamation hearing between her and ex-husband Johnny Depp, which could also see some viewers turn away from the project.

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