Jared Leto’s ‘Morbius’ opens first at domestic box office

“Morbius” opened in first place at the domestic box office, although ticket sales were considerably weaker than recent superhero blockbusters, according to Reuters.

Hit by terrible comedic reviews, “Morbius” sunk its teeth into $39.1 million from 4,268 North American theaters in its first weekend of release. This initial tally is both a sign that audiences really like comic book movies (during a pandemic, a non-superhero movie with 17% on Rotten Tomatoes wouldn’t stand a chance at the box office) and a indication that every Superhuman character will be received equally on the big screen. (Sony’s 2018 anti-hero origin story “Venom” was similar, but still managed to score at the domestic box office with $80 million to start and $213 million in total).

“Morbius” grossed $44.9 million at the international box office, bringing its worldwide total to $84 million. Like many Hollywood movies, it’s unclear whether “Morbius” will have a release date in China.

Sony spent $75 million to produce the vampire-infused “Morbius,” which is less than studios typically shell out for superhero blockbusters. Marketing and other promotional costs added several million more to the expense. Since Morbius the Living Vampire isn’t as well known as Spider-Man, Batman or even Venom – who was introduced to the general public in Tobey Maguire’s “Spider-Man 3” and later played by Tom Hardy in the movies standalone – movie industry analysts didn’t expect “Morbius” to break box office records.

Still, Sony has a lot going for it on “Morbius,” which stars Jared Leto as Michael Morbius, a renowned biochemist who becomes a deadly vampire after trying to cure himself of a rare blood disease. The studio primarily scored with “Spider-Man: No Way Home” ($1.88 billion at the worldwide box office) and managed to turn “Venom” into cinematic gold (the first film grossed $856 million in the world and the 2021 sequel “Let There Be Carnage” earned $501 million at the worldwide box office). But Sony has bigger plans to fashion a viable rival for Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, and an average turnout for “Morbius” signals that to get audiences to go to the movies, those movies actually have to be watchable. After “Morbius,” Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters features standalone stories about “Kraven the Hunter,” starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and “Madame Web,” starring Dakota Johnson.

Daniel Espinosa directed “Morbius,” with a cast that includes Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, Jared Harris and Michael Keaton, reprising his role from previous “Spider-Man” films.

Given the mixed reception from critics and moviegoers (it nabbed a “C+ CinemaScore”), box office pundits don’t expect “Morbius” to have a fruitful life on the big screen. the Hedgehog 2″ (April 8) and “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” (April 15) open in theaters.

“This is a small opening by Marvel’s exceptional standard for launching a new superhero series,” said David A. Gross, who heads up film consultancy Franchise Entertainment Research. . He added, “Marvel movies are generally highly rated; the reviews here are unusually poor.”

In a distant second place, Paramount’s action-adventure “The Lost City” collected $14.8 million from 4,283 sites in its second weekend of release. So far, the slimy romantic comedy, starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum, has grossed $54.5 million at the domestic box office. Since the film cost $68 million, “The Lost City” is yet to be a commercial winner. However, it’s a promising sign that cute encounters haven’t entirely fallen out of favor with moviegoers.

Another comic book tentpole, “The Batman” starring Robert Pattinson, landed in third place with $10.8 million from 3,732 theaters. After five weeks on the big screen, the Warner Bros. grossed $349 million at the domestic box office. “The Batman” continued to be a force across the globe, crossing $700 million over the weekend. The film’s worldwide total now stands at $710.5 million.

For the second weekend in a row, Tom Holland’s video game adaptation “Uncharted” and Crunchyroll’s manga adaptation “Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie” took fourth and fifth place respectively at the box office.

“Uncharted” grossed $3.6 million from 3,064 theaters, bringing its North American total to $138.9 million. Overseas, the $120 million budget tentpole added $5.5 million in 55 markets. That brings “Uncharted”‘s tally to $234 million internationally and $373 million worldwide.

The anime film “Jujutsu Kaisen 0”, an unexpected box office champion, grossed $1.9 million from 2,070 screens in its third weekend in theaters. To date, the film has grossed $31 million.

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