Morbius Ranks #1 on Apple TV
The movie Morbius opened on April 1st with a 16% on the popular review platform Rotten Tomatoes. This low score was a record on the platform as one of the worst superhero movies. It was also the poorest of this Sony-created Spiderverse, followed by the first Venom movie, with 30%. This lousy review at the beginning was a snowball that ended up ruining the movie at the box office. The truth is that the film is not that bad, and now streaming users are doing it justice. Morbius ranks #1 on Apple TV.
Morbius at the Worldwide Box Office
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Morbius has been touring theaters around the world for the past two months. With a production cost of around $75 million, the film grossed close to $165 million worldwide. This box office was a pretty good result despite initial poor reviews.
The Sony Pictures film debuted last April 1st and achieved a good first weekend. Morbius grossed 84 million dollars in this opening, exceeding its production cost. However, a week later came the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which meant the definitive fall of the film. The film dropped 54% on the third weekend at the box office and fell to number 6 in the ranking.
In the end, the film more than doubled its production cost. However, although Sony Pictures did not do badly financially, it did affect its image. This “failure” is a negative precedent for its calendar of superhero-related projects. Recall that several Spiderverse projects are in production. Among these films is Kraven the Hunter, Madamme Web, and a movie about El Muerto. Now Sony has a breath of fresh air thanks to Morbius ranking #1 on Apple TV.
Morbius Ranks #1 on Apple TV
Thanks to everyone who’s brought Dr. #Morbius home for a house call!
— Morbius (@MorbiusMovie) May 20, 2022
The movie starring Jared Leto debuted on video-on-demand platforms this week. Even though there were not many expectations surrounding the film, it has been an absolute success. Morbius has ranked itself as #1 on the Apple TV platform. Sony Pictures’ latest Marvel movie is finding its place in the home video world.
The news came from Sony last Thursday, revealing via its official Twitter account that Morbius had positioned itself as #1 on the popular Apple TV streaming platform. This result proves that Morbius, after all, was not such a bad movie as they wanted us to believe.
Possible Morbius Director’s Cut Revealed
Image via Sony
Morbius couldn’t connect well with critics for some reason. This bad result may have been because the production made several allusions during the promotion to his comic book counterpart, Spider-Man. One of them was a scene where Michael Morbius was walking down a street with a poster in the background featuring the arachnid. Another important reference was the appearance in the trailer of Vulture, played by Michael Keaton.
Is that… (Image via Screengrab)
These two references raised a great debate on social media about the possible connection of the film with the MCU. Recall that the Vulture was the main villain of the movie Spider-Man: Homecoming. On the other hand, the Spider-Man we see on the wall poster reminds us of Tobey Maguire’s version of the character. We recently saw this arachnid in Spider-Man No Way Home.
In the final cut of Morbius, Sony eliminated the scene with the poster. And Sony limited Vulture’s appearance to a post-credits scene that didn’t make much sense. The most logical thing is to think that all this material was removed from the final version, probably due to problems with the character’s rights. Those involved in the film have been open about the fact that the version released in theaters is not exactly what they did.
Specifically, actor Al Madrigal has commented, “There was a whole alternate ending to the whole thing. That scene you saw footage of was shot during the day and the reason was, ‘We have a vampire movie. We can’t have the big final fight scene happen during the day.’ At some point, Tyrese and I fought Matt Smith. I shot for six days and none of that was shown.”
Have you seen Morbius yet? What did you think of it? Would you like to see the director’s cut? We’ll read you in the comments.
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