- The Marvels is expected to have a lower box office opening than anticipated, ranking below two of the DC Extended Universe’s biggest failures.
- The movie serves as a sequel to Captain Marvel, connecting the stories of Carol Danvers, Monica Rambeau, and Kamala Khan.
- Current ticket presale numbers project an opening weekend of around $70 million, falling behind Eternals, Black Adam, and The Flash in terms of box office performance.
While already expected to be one of the franchise’s lowest box office openings, new The Marvels ticket presales place the Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel lower than two of the DC Extended Universe’s biggest bombs. The movie acts as a sequel to 2019’s Captain Marvel as well as a follow-up to Disney+’s Ms. Marvel and WandaVision, crossing over the stories of Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers, Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau and Iman Vellani’s Kamala Khan. The Marvels will see the three heroes coming together when their powers become entangled with one another, leading to them swapping places, all of which seems to tie to the rise of vengeful Kree warrior Dar-Benn.
With less than a week remaining until its release, Deadline has revealed new ticket presales numbers for The Marvels. The MCU sequel is currently tracking for around $70 million in its opening weekend, not only behind the franchise’s worst-reviewed movie, Eternals, which opened to $71.2 million, but also behind two of the DCEU’s biggest bombs, Black Adam and The Flash. The Dwayne Johnson-led movie opened to $67 million while the polarizing Ezra Miller-starring multiverse adventure opened to $55 million.
Will The Marvels Be The MCU’s First Proper Box Office Bomb?
With its current projections, The Marvels is not only rivaling some of DC’s lowest figures, but also eyeing potentially one of the worst overall box office outings for the MCU to date. While Eternals with one of the lowest in over a decade, it still performed modestly in the long run, going on to gross over $402 million against its $236.2 million production budget. The lowest opening for the franchise to date remains 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, which similarly was deemed a modest success, ultimately grossing over $264 million against its reported $150 million production budget.
The one movie the Captain Marvel sequel will hope to repeat is 2023’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, despite already projected to open 72% lower than the Paul Rudd threequel. Between the movie’s mixed reception and the sub-franchise already being one of the MCU’s lower-grossing properties, Quantumania ultimately closed out its theatrical run with over $476.1 million. Though it may have been higher than Eternals, the combination of a $200 million production budget with extensive marketing campaign resulted in a reported break-even point of $600 million, for which it fell well short of and landing the unfortunate title of the MCU’s worst-performing movie to date.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is also the lowest-reviewed MCU movie to date, sitting at a 46% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, narrowly being edged out by Eternals at a 47%.
Given early reports have indicated the movie’s net budget is $219.8 million after receiving a massive filming subsidy, The Marvels‘ ticket presales and early box office projections do not bode well for the movie’s chances at avoiding becoming one of the MCU’s biggest box bombs. One of the big things that could help the movie overcome these numbers would be strong critical reviews or positive word of mouth from audiences, however with public test screenings reportedly scoring mixed reviews, this may similarly be a problem. The other major thing that could boost The Marvels‘ chances is the competition it’ll face in the weeks after its release, with The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbird and Snakes projecting for a franchise-low opening, while Disney’s Wish is similarly eyeing a modest $50 million opening.