The Flash and Elemental emerged as the winners of the weekend box office domestically. However, their debut performances fell short of expectations, earning only $55.1 million and $29.5 million, respectively.
Comscore reports that The Flash also brought in $75 million internationally, contributing to a global tally of $139 million. According to Box Office Mojo, this opening falls in-between Shazam!’s $53.5 million and Black Adam’s $67.0 million, ranking The Flash at #7 among the North American opening weekends of DCEU films.
Unfortunately, neither film managed to exceed $400 million at the global box office, implying that Warner Bros. Pictures may not make significant profits from The Flash, particularly considering the estimated budget of $200 million before marketing expenses.
Moreover, The Flash is burdened by its star, Ezra Miller, who faced legal issues multiple times during the film’s production and was barely involved in its promotion. Additionally, as one of the final films of the DCEU, The Flash’s impact may be overshadowed by James Gunn and Peter Safran’s DCU, set to begin with Superman: Legacy.
That being said, a movie can still stand on its own merits, although opinions on The Flash are varied. In our review, we noted that it “may have an unwieldy third act and indulges in too much unearned fan service, but that doesn’t stop it from being an entertaining and earnest DC superhero film.”
As for Elemental, with a production cost of approximately $200 million before marketing, it experienced the weakest domestic opening among all Pixar films, failing to surpass Onward’s $39.1 million or The Good Dinosaur’s $39.1 million.
Internationally, Elemental only added $15 million to its total, resulting in a global box office performance of $44.15 million.
In our Elemental review, we praised Pixar’s exceptional visual work in Element City and its inhabitants. However, we found the story to be thin and lacking coherence.
On a different note, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse continues its impressive run, claiming the third spot with earnings of $27.8 million in its third weekend. Spidey’s multiversal adventure has now accumulated $280.3 million in North America and $494.0 million worldwide.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts secured fourth place with $20 million, while The Little Mermaid rounded out the top five with $11.6 million.
For more information, check out our detailed analysis of The Flash’s ending and post-credits scene, a comprehensive list of cameos in the film, and an exploration of time travel mechanics in the movie.
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