Madame Web’s Budget Surpasses Expectations Amid Box Office Struggles

Madame Web's Budget Surpasses Expectations Amid Box Office Struggles

Recent revelations indicate that the budget for Sony’s Madame Web starring Dakota Johnson and Sydney Sweeney exceeded initial estimates. While earlier reports suggested a budget of around $80 million, sources now reveal that the actual budget falls within the “low $100 million range” as per The Hollywood Reporter.

Despite being less costly than most Marvel Studios films, the increased budget presents challenges for Madame Web, especially considering its underperformance at the box office.

Disappointing Box Office Debut

Despite a robust marketing campaign, Madame Web failed to meet expectations during its opening weekend.

The film garnered only $25.8 million domestically over its six-day debut marking the weakest opening for Sony’s Spider-Man Universe (SSU) to date.

Surpassing Morbius’ $39 million debut, Madame Web also suffered the indignity of not securing the top spot at the box office losing out to the biopic Bob Marley: One Love which raked in $51 million during the same period.

Synopsis and Cast

Madame Web stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a New York City paramedic who discovers her clairvoyant abilities. As she grapples with revelations from her past she must protect three young women from a mysterious foe bent on their demise.

Joining Johnson are Celeste O’Connor, Isabela Merced and Sydney Sweeney as the destined Spider-Women, while Tahar Rahim portrays the villainous Ezekiel Sims.

Future of Sony’s Marvel Franchise

Despite Madame Web’s lackluster performance, Sony remains committed to expanding its Marvel Universe.

The studio’s next venture, Kraven the Hunter, features Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the titular role alongside Russell Crowe as his estranged father. The film promises appearances from iconic Spider-Man villains like Calypso, Chameleon and Rhino.

Sony’s Marvel slate also includes a third Venom installment with Tom Hardy returning as Eddie Brock/Venom. Additionally the studio is collaborating with Prime Video on Marvel series such as Silk: Spider Society and Spider-Man Noir.

While Silk faces creative adjustments, Spider-Man Noir reportedly eyes Nicolas Cage’s reprisal of his animated role.


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