In silly box office trivia, A24 returned the Daniels Everything, everywhere at once in the 19th week of release domestically in 1,490 theaters. The multiverse action/fantasy melodrama, directed by Michelle Yeoh, earned an additional $650,000 to take its domestic gross to $68.8 million. At just $434 per theater (down from last weekend’s $556 per theater across 170 screens), that’s not exactly a burning number, which makes sense given that the film has been on DVD, VOD and EST for five months for the last month and change.
However, the film reached $100 million worldwide on a budget of over/under $20 million, a first for any A24 strip. What’s more, it earned more than Sony’s somewhat jokingly reboot of Morbius in early June. So yes, in this particular case, Everything, everywhere at once crowned disease at the checkout.
Sony has relaunched Jared Leto’s disease in 1,037 theaters in early June, a largely dead weekend with no significant new releases. Regardless of whether Sony honestly believed the online memes and social media chatter indicated actual interest, or whether (as I would argue) they played along, the film only made $310,000 over the weekend, which is essentially it a bomb was twice. The poorly-reviewed Marvel flick (but not quite MCU) made $74 million domestically from a $39 million premiere and $164 million worldwide.
The only reason it’s not a total disaster is because it cost $75 million. In addition, Sony has played a relative role since then Venom: Let there be carnage proved last October (over a $90 million debut and eventual $505 million in worldwide gross) that cinemas are safe for preordained blockbusters. When Spider-Man: No Way Home exceeds $1.91 billion, disease not sweeping is more of an emotional wound.
Sony had decent reviews (and decent reviews) for Ghostbusters: Life After Deathwhich grossed $200 million worldwide on a budget of $75 million (in contrast to the too-good Ghostbusters: Answer the call which grossed $226 million in 2016 from a budget of $144 million). It scored Spider-Man 3 Version 2.0, retrospectively fumbles past Toby Maguire/Andrew Garfield Spiderman Concessions in fuel for the greatest big of all time. Unexplored has surpassed $400 million and likely spawned a new franchise Where the crayfish sing will surpass $70 million domestically on a budget of $24 million and turns out to be the only major film of the summer aimed at adult women.
Fingers crossed it’s Brad Pitt fast train, Viola Davis’ The Woman King and Jonathan Majors and Glenn Powells dedication, will try to argue that Sony can do more than just open up Spider-Man and Venom movies. That disease whiff is embarrassing to be sure. Additionally, it’s possible evidence that Venom was the exception to the rule in terms of audiences who came to this Spider-Man villains get a spin-off movie sub-franchise.
Everything everywhere at once turned out to be that (leg wise). Greatest Showman of teenage indie streaks. It’s another sign of this along with elvis hit light year, Where the crayfish sing probably over disease domestic and top gun: loner draw war of stars-level gross, There is more than one way to make money at the cinema. If it ends up in the Oscar race, and I suspect it will, a reissue might be enough to find and push past that extra $4 million disease‘ Domestic total, just in defiance.