• Madame Web earned a disappointing $25.8 million in its debut, placing it in a club of only four other Marvel movies that missed the No. 1 spot on their opening weekends.
  • The film has terrible reviews, with a 13% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, and is projected to be among the biggest superhero movie flops.
  • Many critics and audiences have slammed Madame Web for its poor script, stiff acting, and uncharismatic performances, leaving Sony in a dire situation for its Spider-Man Universe.



Madame Web had a disastrous opening weekend at the box office, and it achieved a feat that has happened to only four other Marvel movies. The first trailer for Madame Web was a warning to many that this film could be another dud in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, and that was confirmed when the first reviews came out. The film currently holds a 13% critic score and a 56% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Those poor reviews scared people away from the theaters, and it led to the film having a terrible debut for its theatrical run.

The Dakota Johnson-led film grossed $17.6 million in its opening weekend and $25.8 million total for its 6-day opening. It’s a new low for Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, even earning less than Morbius, which made $39.1 million in its three-day debut. Madame Web debuted in the No. 2 spot at the box office with Bob Marley: One Love earning the top spot with $51 million in its first six days. A Marvel film missing the No. 1 spot in its opening weekend is rare, and Madame Web now joins an exclusive club with four other films.


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With an awful script and not a single ounce of charm among the star-studded cast, Madame Web feels like little more than a Spider-Man movie knockoff.

Only 4 Marvel Movies Have Failed To Reach Number 1 On Their Opening Weekend Since The Start Of The MCU

The Fantastic Four next to Dakota Johnson from Madame Web
Custom image by Ross Tanenbaum

Sony wanted to avoid disaster with Madame Web, but that’s exactly what the studio is getting. The superhero film is projected to join some of the biggest superhero flops of all time and is already a part of an exclusive club. Madame Web did not debut at No. 1 at the box office it’s opening weekend, and that has only happened to four other Marvel films in the “modern era” of superhero movies beginning with 2008’s Iron Man. Those four movies are Elektra, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, 2015’s Fantastic Four, and Dark Phoenix.

Marvel Movie

Opening Weekend Box Office

The Film That Took #1

Madame Web

$25.8 million

Bob Marley: One Love

Dark Phoenix

$32.8 million

The Secret Life of Pets 2

Fantastic Four

$25.6 million

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

$22.1 million

Safe House


$12.8 million

Coach Carter

Out of the five films on this list, Elektra made the lowest in its opening weekend, grossing $12.8 million and debuting at No. 5, with Coach Carter hitting No. 1. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance debuted at No. 3, losing out to Safe House. Dark Phoenix made the most in its opening weekend, grossing $32.8 million, but it still lost to The Secret Life of Pets 2. What’s shared between these five movies are terrible reviews, as these films all have rotten critic scores on Rotten Tomatoes.


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Will Madame Web’s Box Office Improve After Its Opening Weekend?

Madame Web

S.J. Clarkson

Release Date
February 14, 2024

114 Minutes

The current outlook for Madame Web is bleak. The word-of-mouth is dreadful, and audiences don’t have much trust in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe (consisting so far of Venom, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and Morbius, in addition to Madame Web). The film was made for less than $100 million, and it needs to make around $200 million worldwide at the box office to make a profit. However, most films drop off after their debut weekend, and audiences aren’t clamoring to go see this movie after reading and listening to all the poor reviews.

Many of the critiques of this film include poor ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement), a lame villain, stiff acting, and a terrible script. Madame Web does come close to doing some things right, but the movie ultimately fails to overcome its flaws. Hopefully, the negative aura surrounding this film goes away before Kraven the Hunter later this year, because Sony desperately needs a win.

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