Sony's Morbius Makes $39 Million Over Its Opening Weekend In The US, $84 Million Worldwide
The Jared Leto-led Marvel movie from Sony banked a massive sum for its domestic opening weekend.
Sony's latest entry with its own world of Marvel characters, Morbius, made $5.7 million in its Thursday box office previews and many millions more over the course of its opening weekend. The Wrap reports that the Jared Leto-led horror vehicle opened in roughly 4,200 locations this weekend and is available on IMAX and PLF screens. For the Friday-Sunday period in the US, Morbius made $39.1 million.
Globally, Morbius has now made $84 million, according to numbers posted by Deadline. Morbius had a relatively lower budget for a Marvel-related project, with a production cost of between $75 million-$83 million, according to Deadline. Other Marvel films carry production costs running into the hundreds of millions. As such, Morbius is expected to turn a profit, a film finance source told Deadline.
The $5.7 million that Morbius made during its previews is just under the $5.9M that DC/Warner Bros.' Shazam made back in 2019. Shazam later went on to earn $53.5M for its opening weekend. While Sony is expecting $33M from the Daniel Espinosa-directed movie, box office trackers had it pacing it at about $40-50M. It came in around the low end.
Morbius is Sony's attempt to recapture some of that Venom magic they surprisingly caught back in 2018 and looks to continue with more feature films spotlighting Spider-Man anti-heroes Kraven the Hunter with Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Madame Web. Comparatively, Venom earned $10M on its opening night but went on to make $80M for its weekend.
The superhero horror movie has been saddled with several delays during the pandemic and was originally scheduled for a July 2020 release. Morbius is currently sitting at a 36, but with an 8.0 with audiences on Metacritic. For more on what to expect, check out GameSpot's Morbius review.