Sony is having an up and down weekend with the opening of their oft delayed Marvel film Morbius. After the film managed to drag itself to an abysmal 17% critics approval on Rotten Tomatoes, which is worse than Sony’s two Venom movies, which fared slightly better with 30% and 57% for Venom and Venom: Let There Be Carnage respectively, both Venom movies were hits at the box office despite the ratings, Morbius had a huge mountain to climb when it is released on our favorite international holiday – April Fools Day.
However, the Jared Leto led vampire film that ties into the Spiderverse made a decent opening of $39.1 million domestically, twenty-percent lower than its original estimated $50 million but on par with the recently released Uncharted. And for the record, Morbius cost a lot less to make than Uncharted. It also brought in $45 million internationally, for a total of $84 million overall. The down part of this is that the word of mouth on the film doesn’t seem like its going to help with it’s poor reviews and only a C+ from CinemaScore and the Comscore PostTrak audience polls have only 47% recommending it.
Midnight’s Edge did manage to give it a decent review though:
Another hurdle it will need to overcome is next weekend’s opening of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and the wide release of the very well received Everything, Everywhere, All at Once. Then the following weekend is the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore… so unlike Spider-Man: No Way Home and The Batman, this comic book movie will likely not repeat at the top of the box office.
With Sony’s next Spider-Man adjacent film Kraven the Hunter already filming, Sony needs to work out what has seemingly gone wrong with Morbius and how they can fix it quickly for their future Spider-Man Universe movies.