MORBIUS Takes #1 Spot With Estimated $39M Opening Weekend; THE BATMAN Passes $700M Worldwide

MORBIUS Takes #1 Spot With Estimated $39M Opening Weekend; THE BATMAN Passes $700M Worldwide

Despite a sound bashing from critics and a C+ CinemaScore, Morbius is expected to take in just under $40 million over the course of its opening weekend. In addition, The Batman has passed $700M globally.

By MarkCassidy - Apr 03, 2022 09:04 AM EST
Filed Under: The Batman
Source: Via Variety

Morbius was not well received by the majority of critics (it currently sits at an abysmal 17% on Rotten Tomatoes), but even with a C+ CinemaScore, the Sony Pictures Marvel movie has had a moderately successful opening weekend.

The Living Vampire's big-screen debut is expected to take the #1 spot at the domestic box office with an estimated $38M - $41M from 4,268 locations. While this is nowhere close to the studio's previous SPUMC films' takings (Venom and Venom: Let There Be Carnage made $80.2M and $90M, respectively), it is more than the studio's predicted $33M, and with a reported budget of $75M, the movie still stands a chance of turning a (small) profit.

Of course, that will be dependant on a lot of factors, and poor word-of-mouth could well lead to a significant second-week drop-off. Then again, a 69% audience score on RT does suggest that cinemagoers haven't been nearly as hard on Morbius as critics, so it might end up surprising us.

In related BO news, Warner Bros.' The Batman has continued to pack 'em in worldwide. Matt Reeves' acclaimed reboot took in another $3.1 million on Friday, bringing its domestic cume to $341.3 million. This brings The Dark Knight's latest solo outing past the $700M mark globally.

Have you been to see Morbius yet? Do you plan to, or have the reviews put you off? Be sure to let us know in the comments section.

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TheHumanSpider2 - 4/3/2022, 10:23 AM
$39M, with a C score, and Sonic 2 coming out next weekend...yup, this is bombing harder than Uncharted and Afterlife.

Sony still has that NWH money, though, but I dont know how many more bombs can they take.
regularmovieguy - 4/3/2022, 10:46 AM

They only made this for 75 mil. I hate to say it but a 39 mil opening with that budget it solid.

WOM is going to be cancer but I wouldn’t be surprised if it broke even or even made a little money when all is said and done.
TheHumanSpider2 - 4/3/2022, 10:49 AM
@regularmovieguy - I doubt the budget was just $75M with Jared Leto, and 3 months of reshots...

regularmovieguy - 4/3/2022, 10:49 AM

Word of mouth.
TheHumanSpider2 - 4/3/2022, 10:52 AM
@regularmovieguy - Oh.
Yeah, no doubt, pandemic drops are around 60%-70%, this movie will more than likely have an 80% drop.
TheWalkingCuban - 4/3/2022, 11:02 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - Uncharted did well, continues to actually, and will now be a franchise. Part 2 will be the real test. Holland is a star, the first one in what seems like ages
mastakilla39 - 4/3/2022, 11:10 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - Afterlife and Uncharted did well. Sony announced they are already planning out the next 2 Uncharted sequels and potentially more Ghostbusters.

Morbius is already a hit for Sony. the budget is less than 100 mil even with reshoots. With a domestic opening thats more than half its budget and global opening of 84 mil; a sequel is already guaranteed. by the end of its theatrical run it would have doubled its budget or 1.5x like matt reeve's the batman just did.
SonOfAGif - 4/3/2022, 11:44 AM
@mastakilla39 - Morbius is not a success for Sony until it makes back it's production and marketing costs. Not to mention that studios do not get 100% of movie theater revenue and as demand dwindles, theaters reduce the amount of screens showing the film. Sony needs to make double of it's production cost to break even. Not sure how much marketing was though.
mastakilla39 - 4/3/2022, 1:08 PM
@SonOfAGif - Studios keep most of the box office in the 1st 2 weeks. Nato revealed that the big studios like Disney and Sony keep 85% of the box office in the 1st 2 weeks then after that it drops to around 50/50. The 2x its budget no longer works in the new market, realistically they only need to make 1.2 - 1.3x its budget to break even and 1.5x to profit because with a shorter theatrical window, studios spend significantly less to market now.

Disney revealed to THR that Shang chi (160 mil budget) only spent about 30 mil on its global marketing campaign thats why grossing only 430 mil (1 of the lowest grossing MCU film) it was still considered a hit for them. So Morbius being half of that means it spent even less. Within Morbius's 1st weekend it already grossed 84 mil globally on a 80 - 90 mil budget. It will probably break even and start seeing profit next week even if it gets a 50% drop.
dragon316 - 4/3/2022, 4:02 PM
@TheHumanSpider2 - @TheHumanSpider2 - love that text talk no one knows what there talking about most of time .,

Thought it was typo at first good thing people don’t use acronym for communication

kirbyfan - 4/3/2022, 4:27 PM
Taste vary, WW84 was better than the Batman which is just HORRIBLE!
I can't wait to see Morbius which I think is going to be better than both of those!
IronMan616 - 4/3/2022, 4:51 PM
@TheHumanSpider2 - this is hardly a bomb considering it only cost $75 million to make.
TheHumanSpider2 - 4/3/2022, 4:57 PM
@TheWalkingCuban - Uncharted made $373M on a budget of $200M, that is not "well".
And movie studios are not in the business to just "break even", they want to make money AND launch franchises, Uncharted wont have a sequel, just like we wont be getting a sequel to Afterlife (thank God) despide the post-credits scene.
The only thing Sony Pictures has is Spiderman, and they keep finding ways to [frick] up that IP despite being basically a licence to print money.
Maybe is a cultural thing, their parent company is japanese, who knows.
I remember back in 2014 they said they fired Garfield because he showed up late to a meeting, and Sony's CEO considered that an insult.

@mastakilla39 - See my responde to TheWalkingCuban.
Also, no way in hell Morbius costed only $75M with Jared Leto and 3 months of reshoots.
Seriously, dont expect sequels for Uncharted or Afterlife.
TheWalkingCuban - 4/3/2022, 5:20 PM
@TheHumanSpider2 - I don’t for afterlife, I do for uncharted (budget 120 from what I see), and I think Morbius is the new MoS. Won’t see em til JL, a movie who’s BO I decline to predict without knowing more, such as will Andrew or Miles pop up or not, but in MoS fashion, Morbius could hurt it. Kraven or Madam Web could be the proverbial BvS. Venom ain’t great don’t get me wrong but it does great so that’s the Wonder Woman or Aquaman.

Can’t compare this universe with the MCU haha
JDL - 4/3/2022, 6:18 PM
@mastakilla39 - " Studios keep most of the box office in the 1st 2 weeks."

That only happens with a few, very big, must have, films. Morbius isn't even close to that. Other than that 50%-55% is more the norm.
JDL - 4/3/2022, 6:19 PM
@TheHumanSpider2 - $75M is what google is saying.
Starscream24 - 4/3/2022, 9:39 PM
@regularmovieguy - That $75M doesn't include marketing and that $39M doesn't all go to Sony. Movie theaters get half of it. So a typical Sony "L" is more likely than you think.
ChrisRed - 4/3/2022, 10:27 AM
I actually liked Morbius. I know I'm not supposed to if you ask a lot of people here but I did. It wasn't a masterpiece or anything but I thought the movie was entertaining even if it was very predictable. I wouldn't mind a sequel or Morbius showing up in another movie.

That said, Sonic 2 was soo much better..!
TheHumanSpider2 - 4/3/2022, 10:29 AM
@ChrisRed - There is absolutely nothing wrong with liking bad long as you are aware they are bad, and dont attack people who says they are.
Dannywest - 4/3/2022, 11:08 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - same should be said to people attacking others that like Bad films
KWilly - 4/3/2022, 11:22 AM
@ChrisRed - I actually didn't think it was terrible either. I mean, I don't wanna see a sequel or anything, but Morbius was a whole lot better than say... Suicide Squad or something
TheWalkingCuban - 4/3/2022, 11:37 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - on that note I half like eternals, everything before the reveal was boring, from that point forward it was a gorgeous film, great last fight and cataclysmic event

Terrible movie.
SonOfAGif - 4/3/2022, 11:47 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - And who are you to say a film is bad or not? If they thought it was a good movie that's their opinion. Their taste in movies will be different from yours. A film you may like may be considered bad by others. Imagine being such a narcissist that you are telling another person that what they like is bad and should be aware it's bad because "YOU" don't like it. Get over yourself.
ChrisRed - 4/3/2022, 11:54 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - when I like a movie, I, by definition, don't think it's bad.
Why would I attack people at all? Everyone is entitled to think a movie is good or bad for whatever the reason. I won't attack people for thinking one way or another about a film. We are all different.
dragon316 - 4/3/2022, 4:11 PM
@ChrisRed - go for it I like bad movies myself as long you have fun watching them that’s all it matters some bad movies that people don’t like made it into billion twice it’s not what other people think of your answer it’s what you think that’s important and matters that’s what you like
TheHumanSpider2 - 4/3/2022, 4:59 PM
@Dannywest - Yes
TheHumanSpider2 - 4/3/2022, 5:01 PM
@ChrisRed - Batman v Superman is a bad movie. That's a fact.
However, try to tell that to some of the people who love that movie.

IAM - 4/3/2022, 10:57 PM
@TheHumanSpider2 - ....right, because "people who say they are..." are "REAL" critics and know what they are talking about, right? Lol. Morbius was a solid movie. Not great and since I did not read/follow the comics, I can't say how it compares to the "literature," but as entertainment, it was not shite. I do my best not to read reviews (and especially comment on this site) before I watch a movie because more than half the time, said reviews/comments aren't worth the bytes they are typed in.
TheHumanSpider2 - 4/4/2022, 8:36 AM
@IAM - Critics actually studied to be...critics (I'm talking about REAL critics, not bloggers).
ChrisRed - 4/4/2022, 9:40 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - You can't say that it's a fact that a particular movie is bad. It all comes down to people's opinions. I also thought BvS was a terrible movie but that doesn't mean that the movie is objectively bad. Some people love it so to them, it's a good movie. It's impossible to account for taste.
WakandanQueen - 4/3/2022, 10:28 AM
Lmao at Morbius.
Awesome for The Batman, finsihing in the high $700Ms is very good for the first film in a rebooted franchise.
Can't wait to watch Everything Everywhere All At Once next weekend.

Spidey91 - 4/3/2022, 10:39 AM
"and with a reported budget of $75M, the movie still stands a chance of turning a (small) profit."

these a**holes didn't make this for pennies so they can earn a few more pennies, they expect big numbers from this thing, if underperforms their plans explode right in their faces, which is good because they're a**holes.
TheHumanSpider2 - 4/3/2022, 10:49 AM
@Spidey91 - $75M? with Jared Leto and 3 months of reshots?

Yeah, no.
Spidey91 - 4/3/2022, 10:50 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - hey, if the budget is actually higher all the better, because it means their loses are bigger.
TheHumanSpider2 - 4/3/2022, 10:57 AM
@Spidey91 - They are.

The Batman costed $200M, are you telling me this was that much cheaper? of course not.
It probably had a $120M budget.
Forthas - 4/3/2022, 10:45 AM
Say what you will about Morbius but there is one thing its box office proves that Warner Brothers should take note of...being in a shared universe innoculates films from box office disaster. While they (WB) talk about having stand alone films, it is because films are (or perceived as) being part of a larger universe that despite poor quality, boosts their box office take. That is why Suicide Squad is financially successful, and The Suicide Squad is not (even by COVID era standards)
regularmovieguy - 4/3/2022, 10:48 AM

“That is why Suicide Squad is financially successful, and The Suicide Squad is not (even by COVID era standards)”

Suicide Squad had an amazing marketing campaign. That’s all there is to it. It was also coming out at like peak DC hype with BvS and this [frick]ing movie right around the corner.

TSS was never going to make SS money. But I also think the horrible reception the first movie got definitely didn’t help the movie, and it had a crazy high budget.
TheHumanSpider2 - 4/3/2022, 10:51 AM
@Forthas - Maybe in 2016, but not anymore, general audiences are tired of shared universes.

And as regularmovieguy, Suicide Squad had an insane marketing campaign.
BrandonWon - 4/3/2022, 11:06 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - General audiences aren't tired of shared universes

They are tired of most other studio's horrible, rushed and clumsy attempts at trying to copy the MCU's concept
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