It's a minor victory, but this movie will take any W it can get at this stage!
As it approaches its third full week on general release, The Flash has finally taken in enough at the worldwide box office to exceed its reported production budget of in and around $210 million.
The Scarlet Speedster's first solo outing currently sits at $91 million domestic, with $123 million from overseas territories, taking its running global cume to just under $215 million. However, with estimated marketing costs of about $150 million, the film would have to gross twice its budget just to break even.
Analysts believe The Flash will struggle to hit $300 million by the end of its theaterical run.
Despite decent reviews (it's holding at 65% on Rotten Tomatoes) and a focused effort to promote the feature as "one of the greatest superhero movies of all time," audiences just don't seem to be interested in Barry Allen's story. A sign of things to come for fellow DCEU holdovers Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and Blue Beetle? Early word on James Wan's sequel is not very positive, and while we have heard better things about Blue Beetle, he is a relatively obscure character.
With numerous major studios pulling out of San Diego Comic-Con, DC Studios heads James Gunn and Peter Safran would be wise to do everything in their power to get fans hyped at the annual event.
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"Directed by Andy Muschietti, The Flash features Barry Allen traveling back in time in order to change events of the past. But when his attempt to save his family inadvertently alters the future, Barry becomes trapped in a reality in which General Zod has returned, threatening annihilation, and there are no Super Heroes to help. That is, unless Barry can coax a very different Batman out of retirement and rescue an imprisoned Kryptonian…albeit not the one he’s looking for.
Ultimately, to save the world that he is in and return to the future that he knows, Barry’s only hope is to race for his life. But will making the ultimate sacrifice be enough to reset the universe?"
The Flash is produced by Barbara Muschietti and Michael Disco, with a screenplay by Christina Hodson, and a screen story by John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein and Joby Harold, based on characters from DC. Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Double Dream/a Disco Factory production of an Andy Muschietti film.