Summary

  • Madame Web
    has the lowest box office opening in the history of the Sony
    Spider-Man
    franchise.
  • The movie is projected to only earn $24 million in its first 6 days.
  • Even with that head start from premiering mid-week over Valentine’s Day, it is beneath the franchise’s previous record low.



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Madame Web, which stars Dakota Johnson as a paramedic who can see the future, has hit a record low for the Sony Spider-Man Universe. The movies, which are loosely interconnected with the Marvel Cinematic Universe but largely form their own continuity, focus on various villains from the Spider-Man comics. The franchise includes the 2018 hit Venom and its sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage, the Jared Leto-led Morbius (which flopped in theaters, became a viral sensation, and flopped again upon re-release), and the upcoming Kraven the Hunter.


Per Deadline, the Madame Web box office is projected to earn a 6-day total of $24 million after opening midweek over Valentine’s Day. This gives it a total of roughly $11 million between Friday and Sunday, which marks the lowest-grossing opening of the entire SSU. However, even that $24 million 6-day total is beneath the franchise’s previous low point, which was Morbius‘ opening of $39 million.


Madame Web’s Catastrophic Opening Weekend Explained

Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Web In Paramedic Uniform With Crisis Scene In The Background In Madame Web

The Madame Web release turning out a disappointing opening weekend isn’t necessarily a surprise in the wake of the failure of Morbius. However, that vampiric outing could have proven to be an outlier, as it was the first movie in the overarching franchise to feature neither Venom nor Spider-Man. Below, check out how Madame Web‘s 6-day total ranks against the 3-day opening weekends of the entire Sony Spider-Man franchise, including their two animated Spider-Man movies and three collaborations with Marvel Studios starring Tom Holland as Spider-Man.


Title

Opening Weekend

Worldwide Box Office

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

$260.1 million

$1.9 billion

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023)

$120.6 million

$682.4 million

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

$117 million

$878.2 million

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

$92.6 million

$1.13 billion

Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)

$90 million

$501.5 million

Venom (2018)

$80.2 million

$856 million

Morbius (2022)

$39 million

$167.4 million

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

$35.4 million

$375.4 million

Madame Web (2024)

$24 million (6-day)

TBD


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which was the previous record low for the entire franchise, proved that a Sony Spider-Man movie can become a sleeper hit after a lukewarm opening. However, its prospects were propelled by strong word of mouth and a Certified Fresh Rotten Tomatoes score of 97%, with its strong critical reception eventually leading it to an Oscar win for Best Animated Feature. The Madame Web Rotten Tomatoes score stands at a dismal 13%, so it seems unlikely to follow a similar path.

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Ultimately, it may not even be possible for Madame Web to make a profit. The movie’s estimated budget is $80 million or more, meaning that it will most likely need to make at least $160 million worldwide before it ends up in the black. That’s a total that Morbius (which holds a 15% score on Rotten Tomatoes) was unable to reach despite a significantly stronger opening weekend. Unless it can pull off a huge coup in the coming weeks, the future looks grim for the Dakota Johnson superhero outing.


Source: Deadline

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