‘Morbius’ Defies Critics, Soars To Top Of Domestic Box Office

by Thomas Tuna

It may not have been “Marvelous,” but it’s not a bad start.

Morbius–the much-delayed, ultra-hyped Marvel horror-superhero film–was not treated well by critics since its previews late last week, but still led the domestic box office for its opening weekend, according to a report in Forbes.

The Sony Pictures entry raked in a respectable $39.1 million domestically–showing in more than 4,000 locations–despite being generally “staked” by reviewers and earning a mere 17 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating.

Adding in the $45 million the film earned in the global marketplace this weekend, the total for Morbius stands at $84 million so far. Since the film reportedly cost $75 million to make–barring marketing expenses–it has some work yet to do to impress the Sony suits.

Morbius–directed by Daniel Espinosa from a screenplay by Matt Sazama, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway and Burk Sharpless–stars Jared Leto as the living vampire, along with Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal and Tyrese Gibson (with a special appearance by Michael Keaton).

The film follows the efforts of Dr. Michael Morbius to discover a cure for his rare blood disorder. His desperate gamble seems, at first, to be a success, but “a darkness inside him is unleashed. Will good override evil–or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new urges?”

The Marvel Comics Morbius character–created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane–started his four-color career as a villain in The Amazing SpiderMan No101 in 1971, and later starred in Vampire Tales from 1973-1975.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any further updates on Morbius.


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