The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been a massive success, captivating audiences worldwide with its interconnected storytelling and iconic superheroes. “The Marvels,” as the 33rd feature in the MCU and the third in Phase 5, carried high expectations due to its direct connection to “Captain Marvel” and its intriguing premise.
However, it’s not uncommon for movies, even those within the MCU, to experience fluctuations in box office performance during their second week in theaters. There can be several factors contributing to this, such as competition from other films, word-of-mouth reviews, and changing audience interests.
The concept of “The Marvels,” with Captain Marvel teaming up with Ms. Marvel and Monica Rambeau to confront a new threat, promised exciting dynamics and character development within the MCU. The addition of Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel and Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau further expanded the representation of strong female characters in the franchise.
But it did not turn out that way. It’s been a complete disaster for the MCU.
Per Variety, the The Marvels box office has taken a huge hit in its second weekend. After earning the lowest opening weekend of the entire MCU, it has now grossed an additional $10.2 million at the domestic box office, a staggering drop of 79%. This is the worst weekend 2 drop for a comic book movie, even more than the 74% slump earned by the notorious Sony outing Morbius.
Despite the poor box office performance, The Marvels arrives at a moment when the MCU is already facing diminishing returns, both critically and economically. Although the previous MCU film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 performed well at the box office, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania previously had the franchise’s worst weekend 2 dip. That title had a 69.9% drop after a far stronger opening weekend total of $106.1 million.
Check out the video below that breaks down just how bad this is for Marvel.