The new DCU movie Blue Beetle is set to hit theaters this weekend, and based on anecdotal evidence from movie fans, the film’s box office prospects aren’t looking too promising.
In a seemingly half-joking, half-legitimately concerned manner, movie fans have taken to Twitter to share screenshots of the seating charts for their local showings of Blue Beetle, all of which are virtually empty.
“Decided to take a look at how blue beetle Dolby tickets are selling for tomorrow at the two AMCs near me,” this Twitter user shared.
decided to take a look at how blue beetle dolby tickets are selling for tomorrow at the two amcs near me pic.twitter.com/xqFkDhbkbu
— lizard (@lizardhospital) August 16, 2023
“We might possibly be seeing the first superhero movie to make negative money here,” said one tweet.
We might possibly be seeing the first super hero movie to make negative money here https://t.co/gMVibdSzdV
— 🏜🔋, fka ☕️ (@coopercooperco) August 16, 2023
“Wondering whether to go to the 6:20 pm or 9:30 pm screening of Blue Beetle on opening night,” joked another.
wondering whether to go to the 6:20 pm or 9:30 pm screening of Blue Beetle on opening night pic.twitter.com/OE78IPARlm
— Jesse Hawken (@jessehawken) August 15, 2023
I even called my shot earlier this summer after noticing the shocking lack of promotion the film was receiving:
“Blue Beetle gonna be the first movie to lose one blubillion dollars.”
Blue Beetle gonna be the first movie to lose one blubillion dollars
— Eric Italiano (@eric_ital) July 3, 2023
While Blue Beetle was made under the previous DC regime for the now-defunct DCEU, James Gunn and DC Studios co-CEO Peter Safran have confirmed that the character will actually be the first in the new DCU, while 2025’s Superman: Legacy will be the first *film* in the DCU.
Starring in the lead role of Blue Beetle/Jamie Reyes is Cobra Kai and Parenthood actor Xolo Maridueña, who apparently puts forth a star-making performance.
Despite the seemingly minimal box office buzz, Blue Beetle may be buoyed by its strong reviews, as the film opened to an 82% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, which is far higher than the usual DC fare.
In addition to Maridueña, Blue Beetle also stars Bruna Marquezine, Adriana Barraza, Damián Alcázar, Raoul Max Trujillo, Susan Sarandon, George Lopez, and Harvey Guillén. The film will hit movie theaters in the United States on Friday, August 18.
Check out the official trailer for Blue Beetle below.