Thursday, April 25, 2024

Morbius No More: Movie Audience Sends Message to Sony Pictures As Re-release Flops


The movie audience has spoken. They’ve sent a message to Sony Pictures: Please, no more “Morbius.”

For some reason, Sony put the failed Marvel adventure back into 1,000 theaters this weekend after it had trickled down to just 83.

The result was a $300,000 weekend, meaning Sony made half of that. Very people went to see the already well-played film. On Friday and Sunday, the average per theater was $82. It was a little better on Saturday, with $125.

But the experiment was a waste of time. It also engendered a lot of ribbing on social media. As I told you Saturday, even the movie’s star, Jared Leto, mocked the idea of a sequel.

“Morbius,” a spin off from the Spider Man universe, will likely get cut back down size this Friday before ending its unheralded run just south of $74 million.

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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