The June 16 holiday didn’t bring much to celebrate this weekend at the box office.
flash, one of the most anticipated movies of the summer (for good and bad reasons), took the top spot with an estimated 3-day domestic gross of $55.1 million and a projected $64.0 million over four days, according to Comscore.
Analysts expected the Warner Bros. and DC makes at least $70 million. Instead, the superhero saga opened with a whimper, especially given its reported production budget of $200 million.
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Introducing Pixar by Disney Elementary debuted at #2 with $29.5 million over 3 days. According The Hollywood Reporterthe film’s box office marked “the lowest start to a weekend for a Pixar title outside of toy story.”
Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse was third with $27.8 million in its third weekend in theaters, Comscore reported. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts was fourth with $20 million in its second weekend, and The little Mermaid completed the top five with $11.6 million in its fourth weekend.
horror comedy Blackening failed to place in the top five. The Lionsgate release debuted in sixth place with around $6 million, despite only costing around $5 million to produce.
While the flash easily topped the competition, it opened much lower than last year’s DC Saga black adam starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, which debuted domestically with $67 million and was ultimately deemed a flop.
Directed by Andy Muschietti the flash stars controversial actor Ezra Miller as The Flash and Barry Allen, who uses time-traveling superpowers to change events.
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The film screened in 4,234 theaters, averaging $13,014 per location over the weekend.
Shawn Edwards, film critic for Fox 4 News in Kansas City, Missouri and executive producer of Critics Choice Association’s “Celebration of Black Cinema & TV,” said Urban Hollywood 411 he was not surprised by the film’s lackluster debut.
“the flash underperforming because superhero movie fatigue is real unless the product is outstanding like Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” Edwards said. “Ezra Miller’s personal baggage was also a drag. All in all, it was an average movie about a second-tier character.
Despite being hyped by the CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, David Zaslav, who described earlier this year the flash as “the best superhero movie I’ve ever seen”, critics gave it an average score of 67% on Rotten tomatoes.
Meanwhile, the film received a disappointing “B” CinemaScore public.
After CinemaScore posted its rating on Twitter, moviegoers responded to the post with their thoughts on the film.
One fan described parts of the film as “cheesy”. Another said: “It’s very bad, not even watchable.”
Still, others liked what they saw on screen, with one writing, “Really, really, really enjoyed this movie.”
It’s unclear why the movie failed to ignite a spark with DC fans.
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Perhaps it was the changes in directors brought in to direct the film, or it could have been the series of arrests of star Ezra Miller.
The actor, who uses the pronouns they/them, debuted as The Flash in 2016 batman versus superman And Suicide Squad.
Since then, Miller has made headlines multiple times for off-screen issues.
According to published reports, the actor was shown in a video that surfaced in April 2020 appearing to choke a woman at a bar in Reykjavik, Iceland.
The woman said Variety“Suddenly, [they’re] over me, choking me, still screaming in my face if I want to fight. My friend who films sees [they’re] obviously not a joke and it’s actually serious, so he stops filming, and pushes [them] of me like [they’re] always try to fight me. Two guy friends are actually holding [Miller] back like [they’re] shouting: ‘This is what you wanted! That’s what you wanted! ‘”
In March 2022, Miller was arrested at a karaoke bar in Hawaii after police said he shouted obscenities, grabbed a singing woman’s microphone and lunged at a man playing darts, the Associated press reported. The actor later did not contest a disorderly conduct charge and paid a $500 fine.
A few weeks later, in April 2022, Miller was charged with assault in Hawaii for allegedly punching a woman in the head at a private residence. In the 911 recording obtained by TMZthe woman said she was letting Miller stay at her house and they “hit me on the head with a chair”.
Shortly after, Miller released a statement and said they were seeking treatment for “complex mental health issues.”
Meanwhile, in June 2022, the parents of 18-year-old Native American activist Tokata Iron Eyes accused Miller of grooming and manipulating their child from the age of 12. Tokata played down the allegations and said Miller had been the victim of a “smear campaign”. .”
Despite Miller’s troubles, newly installed DC co-director Peter Safran voiced his support for the actor when speaking with reporters in January 2023.
“Ezra is totally committed to their recovery,” Safran said. “And we fully support this journey that they’re on right now. When the time is right, when they feel ready to have the discussion, we’ll all figure out what’s the best way forward. But in this At the moment, they’re completely focused on their recovery, and in our conversations with them over the past two months, it sounds like they’re making tremendous progress.
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