As it approaches its fourth weekend in theaters, Blue Beetle is holding up pretty well at the box office - relatively speaking, at least.
Jaime Reyes' big-screen debut is proving to have stronger legs than both Shazam! Fury of the Gods and The Flash, and has now passed the $110 million mark worldwide on a reported production budget of $104 million. The movie was given a considerable boost by $4 ticket prices for the second annual National Cinema Day on August 27.
Can Blue Beetle turn a profit for Warner Bros./DC Studios? Honestly, even recouping all of its costs seems unlikely, since its modest budget isn't taking marketing/promotion, etc, into consideration.
A direct sequel was always a long shot, anyway, but DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn has confirmed that Reyes will be sticking around in the new DCU - although looking at the BO performances of recent DC movies, Gunn and Safran are going to have their work cut out to reignite audience interest in the brand.
The film is set to arrive on Digital and VOD platforms on September 19.
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"Recent college grad Jaime Reyes (Xolo Mariduena) returns home full of aspirations for his future, only to find that home is not quite as he left it," reads the synopsis. "As he searches to find his purpose in the world, fate intervenes when Jaime unexpectedly finds himself in possession of an ancient relic of alien biotechnology: the Scarab."
"When the Scarab suddenly chooses Jaime to be its symbiotic host, he is bestowed with an incredible suit of armour capable of extraordinary and unpredictable powers, forever changing his destiny as he becomes the Super Hero Blue Beetle."
The cast also includes Bruna Marquezine, Belissa Escobedo, Adriana Barraza, Elpidia Carrillo, Damián Alcázar, and Raoul Max Trujillo.
Blue Beetle is now in theaters.