Morbius: Poorly Reviewed Movie Earns Only $39M Domestically, $84M Globally

‘Morbius,’ Poorly Reviewed, Earns Only $39M Domestically, $84M Globally

The movie, based on the Marvel comic book antihero, is described by Sony as more of a genre dark-action thriller than a superhero picture

 

Jared Leto’s movie Morbius bit off $39.1 million from 4,268 theaters in its domestic box office debut, in line with expectations after withering reviews.

Globally, it took in only $84 million.

The movie is Sony’s latest attempt to mine the comic book characters as part of Marvel’s Spider-Man universe following the smash success of its Spider-Man and Venom movies.

However, Morbius isn’t a traditional superhero offering, but more of a dark, genre thriller revolving around a vampire. 

In Daniel Espinosa’s film, Leto juggles time in a dual role, as the brilliant Dr. Michael Morbius, who has spent his life searching for a cure for rare fatal blood disease that affects him, and as the blood-sucking monster he becomes, which fills him with horror.

Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) in MORBIUS.
Morbius cost $75 million to make before marketing, far less than a marquee superhero offering such as Spider-Man: No Way Home, and also less than Venom.

Males fueled the film (60 percent), while nearly two-thirds of ticket buyers were between ages 18-34.

Friday’s haul of $17.1 million included $5.7 million in Thursday previews.

Morbius holds just a 17 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes from critics. Audiences are also mixed, giving it a C+ CinemaScore, while exit scores on PostTrak are likewise mediocre. The audience score on Rotten Tomatoes is 67 percent.

Matt Smith and Adria Arjona also star in Marvel’s origin story of the conflicted antihero alongside Jared Harris, Al Madrigal and Tyrese Gibson.

Morbius won the weekend, domestically and internationally, where it took in $44.9 million from 62 markets for the worldwide tally of $84 million.

Paramount’s The Lost City, starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum, came in No. 2 domestically in its sophomore outing with $14.8 million for a North American tally of $54.6 million. It has only rolled out in 17 markets so far overseas for an early foreign total of $7 million and $61.6 million worldwide.

The big player for Paramount overseas was Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which is rolling out in select markets ahead of its April 8 domestic launch. Sonic 2 opened to to $25.5 million from 31 markets.

Warner The Batman sailed past the $700 million mark globally, earning another $10.8 million domestically to place third and $13.4 million overseas for a worldwide total of $710.5 million. Sometime on Monday or Tuesday, the superhero pic will cross $350 million in North America.

Sony’s Uncharted — which now rests at $373.1 million worldwide — place fourth domestically ($3.6 million).

Japanese anime hit Jujutsu Kaisen rounded out the top five with $1.9 million for a domestic tally of $31.4 million.

At the specialty box office, A24’s Everything Everywhere All at Once cracked the top 10, earning $1 million from 38 locations for an impressive per location average of $26,631.

New specialty offerings included Focus Features’ You Won’t Be Alone. The film, from Goran Stolevski in his feature directorial debut, earned $125,000 from 147 theaters.

Focus has picked up the Australian filmmaker’s second feature, Of An Age.