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11th Jul 2023

The Flash set to be biggest box office flop in superhero film history

Charlie Herbert

The Flash set to be biggest box office flop in superhero film history

Warner Bros. are expected to lose $200m on the project

The Flash is projected to become the worst box office bomb in superhero movie history.

After having a disappointing opening weekend where it only made $55m, things haven’t improved for the DC film.

The film released in theatres on June 16 following months of controversy surrounding Ezra Miller, who plays Barry Allen a.k.a The Flash.

The actor was embroiled in a number of scandals, including accusations of running a cult, grooming and emotionally abusing underage women, as well as most recently being arrested in Vermont on felony burglary charges.

This came after years of production trouble for the film, but Warner Bros. persisted with its release – and it’s not gone well for the studio.

Following its opening weekend, The Flash suffered the worst drop in box office returns from the first to second week in DC history, falling 72.5%.

In its third week in cinemas, The Flash earned $5.23 million, bringing the domestic US total to just $99 million. 

This is against a reported budget of $220 million plus $150 million in promotional budget.

After its performance at the box office, Warner Bros. are expected to lose over $200 million over the film, Forbes reports.

This makes it the biggest superhero movie flop ever, overtaking Shazam! Fury of the Gods, which lost an estimated $150 million.

It also means six of the top 10 biggest comic book movie bombs belong to DC.

The other DC films on the ignominious list are Wonder Woman 1984 ($137m), The Suicide Squad ($130m), Black Adam ($100m) and Green Lantern ($75m).

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