The recently releases super hero film Morbius by SONY is having a rather hard time at the box office after playing in theaters a little over a week. The film made $39 Million at the domestic box office on its opening weekend with another $45 Million from overseas markets. But after a long week the film’s box office intake took a steep 73% fall in terms of profits.
The box office slump was so severe that it has become the second worst drop for any super hero related film. The worst being 1997’s Steel starring basketball legend Shaquille O’Neil, which saw a 78% drop at the box office. Morbius is now behind 2019’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix which saw a 71.5% drop. That means SONY’s Vampire anti-hero is also behind 2010’s Jonah Hex, 2016’s Batman v Superman, 1997’s Batman & Robin and even 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
The film had a budget somewhere between $75 Million and $83 Million along with another $10 Million or so going towards marketing. So far the film has made a little over $126 Million world wide so it has at least broken even. But it most likely won’t make more than $150 – $170 Million by the end of its run.
Multiple factors play into the film’s early demise:
First was the critical score, having a 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes definitely may have influenced people’s decision.
Second was that another dark bat-related hero film The Batman has been out for a few weeks already and has earned over $700 Million world wide.
Third being audience confusion over how it may or may not connect to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.
And finally the popular Sonic the Hedgehog 2 releasing one week later.
The film’s box office disappointment must have SONY executives tugging at their collars as this seems to threaten their plans for more Spider-Man spinoff films. If this keeps up we may see a repeat of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Source: The Direct
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