Things have gone from bad to worse for The Marvels, which has suffered a massive drop in its second weekend in theaters.
According to the latest box office updates, the Captain Marvel sequel fell off 80% (some are reporting closer to 87%) since its release last Friday to mark Marvel Studios’ worst second-weekend drop of all time. It also ranks as the worst drop for any Hollywood superhero film.
The movie was always shaping up for a disappointing debut, but this much be viewed as a bit of a disaster for Marvel Studios - especially when that reported $237 million budget is factored in.
What went wrong?
Mixed reviews probably didn't help (the movie currently sits at 62% on Rotten Tomatoes), and word-of-mouth doesn't seem particularly positive, either, since The Marvels became just the third MCU film to receive a B CinemaScore.
This is obviously going to fuel the "superhero fatigue" theory, and at this point, it is difficult to argue that general audiences are showing less interest in both Marvel and DC-based movies overall.
"The Marvels is far from the best Marvel Studios has to offer, but it's difficult not to get swept up in its infectious energy... to a point," we said in our review. "A disjointed third act lets it down, but a game cast and plenty of fun/funny moments elevate it above more lacklustre MCU fare (we're looking at you, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumnia)."
"In Marvel Studios’ The Marvels, Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree and taken revenge on the Supreme Intelligence. But unintended consequences see Carol shouldering the burden of a destabilized universe. When her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole linked to a Kree revolutionary, her powers become entangled with that of Jersey City super-fan Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, and Carol’s estranged niece, now S.A.B.E.R. astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau. Together, this unlikely trio must team up and learn to work in concert to save the universe as The Marvels.”
The film also stars Zawe Ashton and Park Seo-joon. Nia DaCosta directs, and Kevin Feige is the producer. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Mary Livanos and Matthew Jenkins serve as executive producers. The screenplay is by Megan McDonnell, Nia DaCosta, Elissa Karasik and Zeb Wells.