The Marvels opens to the worst debut for an MCU film since 2008


Superhero fatigue may finally be setting in. The once bulletproof MCU has finally seen its first mega flop and it happens to be The Marvels, this weekend’s number one film at the box office. We’re in the bizarro world where a film can stomp the competition and still be a giant dud. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

The Marvels made its domestic box office debut to $47 million, the worst debut for an MCU film since 2008’s The Incredible Hulk and well below projections and its reported $270 million budget. It didn’t even fare much better internationally, with only $63.3 million overseas and an absolutely atrocious start in China. It’s very unlikely that this film will become profitable, something that is sure to drive Disney CEO Bob Iger batty.

Elsewhere in the top 10, megahit Five Nights at Freddy’s landed at number two and took a respectable $9 million for its third weekend. Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour concert film made another $5.9 million, continuing its reign as the most successful concert film ever. Priscilla has maybe missed its chance at massive success, but it did hold onto number four this weekend with an additional $4.7 million. Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon dropped to fifth but took an extra $4.6 million to the bank.

It’s not the greatest weekend for the box office, all things considered. Hopefully, The Marvels bombing wakes Disney up and gets the company to raise its quality standards going forward. It would also be nice to see the VFX artists given the proper time and budget to create solid visuals.

Here are the top 10 films for the weekend of November 10-12, 2023. All totals listed are domestic:

  1. The Marvels – $47 million
  2. Five Nights at Freddy’s – $9 million
  3. Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour – $5.9 million
  4. Priscilla – $4.7 million
  5. Killers of the Flower Moon – $4.6 million
  6. The Holdovers – $3.2 million
  7. Journey to Bethlehem – $2.4 million
  8. Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie – $1.76 million
  9. Radical – $1.75 million
  10. The Exorcist: Believer – $1.1 million
[Source] The Hollywood Reporter, The Numbers

Peter Glagowski
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