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‘Madame Web’ fails at the box office – The Washington Post

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“Madame Web,” the latest project in Sony and Marvel’s collaborative Spider-Verse films, failed at the box office over the holiday weekend after receiving negative reviews ahead of its premiere.

The film, starring Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney and Adam Scott, grossed just $17.6 million over the Presidents Day holiday weekend, according to Box Office Mojo data. Since its Valentine’s Day debut, the film has grossed $25.8 million domestically.

That puts the film’s opening weekend well below that of Sony’s “Morbius,” a much-criticized superhero film that grossed $39 million in its opening weekend.

(The Bob Marley biopic “One Love” dominated the holiday weekend box office, earning $33.2 million in ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo.)

In “Madame Web,” young paramedic Cassandra “Cassie” Webb (Johnson) begins to unlock clairvoyant powers (which she obtained genetically after her mother was bitten by a spider). Although she is at first a reluctant heroine, she is soon forced to protect three young women from a mysterious villain (who resembles a Bad Spider-Man).

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Critics universally slammed the film for its sloppy editing, clunky plot and slow action sequences, resulting in an abysmal 13 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes as of Monday morning.

“A car accident would be more interesting. Madame Web It’s a skirmish – nothing catastrophic, just lousy weather,” wrote Kimberley Jones of the Austin Chronicle. ” Discomfort. A waste.”

But the audience seemed to enjoy the film a little more, celebrating its campy, unserious atmosphere. Some fans have applauded the project because it is reminiscent of a superhero film from the past, before these types of films were cinematic masterpieces (think “The Dark Knight”) or interconnected through a larger multiverse ( “The Marvels”).

The poor box office performance was expected given the film’s tangle of problems from the start. Johnson admitted in an interview with theWrap that the film underwent extensive editing. The first trailer for the film, released in November, didn’t help as fans widely ridiculed him on social media. A line from the film – “He was in the Amazon with my mother when she was researching spiders just before she died” – became an Internet sensation, although it was cut from the final version of the film.

The film also has no direct connection to any other Spider-Man films or projects, despite the inclusion of characters such as Spider-Woman and Madame Web herself, who debuted in the comics “The Amazing Spider-Man.” A promotional line for the film’s poster and marketing – “His web connects them all” – suggested there would be more links to the friendly neighborhood web-slinger, but there are only slight nods to he look at spider-powered heroes and Peter Parker’s family.

Fans were also worried about the success of the film, given that “Madame Web” is not a “Disney-Marvel” film, but a “Sony-Marvel” film.

The history of the Sony-Marvel films could fill an entire newspaper, but here’s what’s essential to know: They take place in the “Sony Spider-Man universe,” which is full of marginal characters from the story of Spider-Man (Sony would have the film rights). to around 900 characters related to Spider-Man). Since Sony loaned Spider-Man as a character to Marvel Studios for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony has found itself making films about fringe characters, like Madame Web. There have been rumors and reports that Spider-Man could return to Sony films, but that hasn’t happened yet.

These Sony-specific Marvel projects have struggled to resonate with audiences. Other films in this group include the much-maligned “Morbius,” both Venom films and the upcoming “Kraven the Hunter” (the trailer for which has also been disparaged online). Because the films usually make a brief nod to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, they are not really but a little connected to the MCU. (The debate over their connection is still ongoing.)

But that doesn’t mean Marvel Studios isn’t keeping an eye on these films and their outcomes.

The same day “Madame Web” was released in theaters, and a day after the initial reviews dropped, Marvel Studios made headlines for the film’s poor showing with long-awaited “Fantastic Four” casting news. . Then, a day after the premiere, Marvel revealed the trailer for its upcoming film. Animated show “X-Men ’97”a revival of the 90s series.

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