Thursday, May 23, 2024

Box Office: Sony Puts Dead “Morbius” Back in Theaters, Makes $82 Per Screen, Star Jared Leto Mocks a Sequel


Here’s a Hollywood headscratcher.

For some reason, Sony put “Morbius” back in theaters last night. They went up to 1,037 screens from 83. This was after 64 days in release that produced an anemic $73 million.

And the result? They made $82 per theater last night for a grand total of $85,000. Well, half of that went to the theaters, so they really made $42,500.

What happened? You can only ponder that Marvel insisted on it because this was a rare failure for their universe. But still…

And then, to make matters worse, star Jared Leto posted a video mocking the idea of a sequel. He’s thumbing a screenplay for “Morbius 2: More Morbin’.” And underneath plays the music from “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” It’s written by a Dr. Seuss character, Bartholomew Cubbins. Genius.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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