‘Morbius’ Really Morbed Its Way Into and Out of Theaters

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‘Morbius’ Really Morbed Its Way Into and Out of Theaters
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Sony's Spider-Man Universe movie Morbius just cannot catch a break it seems.

Featuring Oscar-winner Jared Leto in the role of Dr Michael Morbius, who splices vampire bat DNA with his own to catastrophic effect, it was re-released in 1,037 cinemas (following some hilarious viral memes on social media) over the weekend, but the box office numbers have once again disappointed.

According to Forbes, just $280,000 was taken, bringing its domestic total to less than $74 million.

Photo credit: Sony Pictures
Photo credit: Sony Pictures

To compare, fellow comic book blockbuster Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has now accumulated $382m on home soil after a month's worth of screenings.

Unsurprisingly, the financial failure of Morbius translates into poor reviews too, yet director Daniel Espinosa clearly isn't fazed.

"When I did my first feature it was a small movie called Babylon Disease. I remember one day going home on the subway and I had a few drinks, so I was a bit drunk," he recalled back in April to Insider.

Photo credit: Sony Pictures
Photo credit: Sony Pictures

"Someone nudged me on the train and said, 'I have to tell you what's wrong with the second scene in your feature', and I was like, 'Well, okay'.

"The point I'm making is that it's a strange thing to make something that is so public," he continued.

"Look, I have a lot of self-hatred so I have a lot of criticism of my own work. I'm always trying to focus on being better. But I am also proud of what I do. There are parts in all of my movies that I'm really proud of."

The chances of that sequel happening are pretty dim, still.

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