After weeks of Morbius memes dominating the internet, Sony had the strange idea of Bring Jared Leto’s Living Vampire Back to Over 1,000 Theaters last weekend. Maybe the PlayStation maker was hoping Morbius turn out to be a Bedroomcult-classic style here, but the bloodsucking superhero flick bombarded theaters again, grossing just $85,000 at the box office on Friday. In other words, on average, each theater he played in only made $85. It is most certainly not Morbin’s time.
Morbius had its original theatrical release in April. The Marvel-Sony joint follows Dr. Michael Morbius, a human biologist who accidentally becomes a vampire after trying to cure himself of a fatal disease. It wasn’t a good movie, according to critics, and it certainly didn’t wow audiences, grossing just $170 million worldwide. But thanks in part to unauthorized people, 24/7 Twitch live streams of Jared Leto’s heinous method, Morbius was resurrected as hilarious Morbin memes took off online.
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But as funny as the memes are, they couldn’t save Morbius. According Forbes, the Jared Leto-directed film earned an additional $85,000 on Friday, bringing its total domestic earnings to $73.6 million. Box Office Mojo, a site that tracks a movie’s performance as it travels to theaters around the world, doesn’t yet have earnings for the weekend of June 3-6, but it does. reports Morbius earned $35,360 over Memorial Day weekend, by then it had fallen to just 83 theaters. By pushing it back to 1,000 screens, Sony may have banked on the idea that all the memes would propel people into theaters for happily ironic viewings, the kind where you laugh with how bad the movie is. But why would people pay to see Morbius in the cinema when it’s still streaming on Twitch, at present, free? Hell I wouldn’t, not when I can see Top Gun: Maverick or something.
Because here’s the deal: Morbius is not good. Not by far. It’s full of nearly impossible-to-follow fight scenes, terrible one-liners, and no chemistry between lead actors Jared Leto and Matt Smith. The narrative itself is also littered with enough plot holes and uninspired visual effects that no amount of Morbius memes could make this a legitimately enjoyable watch. It’s not the movie itself, but rather the experience of watching it with other Twitch chatters, all of you united in ridiculing the cinematic disaster, that makes it tolerable, even fun. And that’s probably the best review I have for Morbius.
Yet, despite Morbius bombarding not once but twice at the box office, there’s a subset of viewers – or “Morbheads”, as they call themselves – who won’t stop dreaming of a sequel. There are wacky titles for a whole slew of imaginary movies people have come up with with this could constitute an entire MCU (Morbius Cinematic Universe), movies like Morbius: The Rise of Morbius and Morbius Chapter 54: Morbzilla. Some are jokingly tweeting the countdown of days until Morbius 2 spell. (Which is not a confirmed thing, Besides). Even Jared Leto got into the fun meme – if we can still call it that –appear reading a fake Morbius 2 script written by award-winning (also fake) author Bartholomew Cubbins. You might recognize this name in several Dr. Seuss books.
I’m not happy that Jared Leto is jumping on the meme wagon. “It’s Morbin’ Time” is a joke, a catchphrase meant to poke fun at the method-obsessed actor. We make fun of him, not with him, so it’s weird to see him even with us. However, I kinda want Morbius 2. That way, I hope the memetic phrase sticks to him like a scarlet letter every time the living vampire turns around to beat goons. It’s the only way for me to be morbin’ to a sequel, if ever there is one.