The murky world of box office projections is always little more than an educated guessing game leading up to opening weekend, but at this rate The wonders will still be lucky if it can even compete with the monstrous debut of Five nights at Freddy’slet alone exceed it.
Of course, the two projects couldn’t be more different, considering that one is the blockbuster sequel to a $1.1 billion box office sensation that was one of the most lucrative franchises in the history of cinema while it was the other is a modest-budget horror adaptation of a video game. And yet it would be a huge blow to the Marvel Cinematic Universe if the final release in 2023 were to fail.
For one thing, Five nights at Freddy’s The film was hit hard by critics and was named the worst-rated console-to-screen release in seven years. Thanks to its high level of recognition among audiences and the brand, it was still able to gross $78 million in the first part.
On the other hand, The wonders is the sequel to the lowest-rated entry in the MCU’s 31-film catalog when it comes to audience approval ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, and the sequel has received the same kind of backlash and criticism as its predecessor.
There’s also the small matter of price: the estimated $219 million price tag makes Brie Larson’s second headline appearance eleven times more expensive Five nights at Freddy’sand even at the highest end of its recent projections, Nia DaCosta’s cosmic caper is on track to hit $80 million at most upon arrival.
We’ve seen Sound of freedom overearn Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny already this year, so don’t be surprised if The wonders falls below FNaF domestically, which would be another major blow to the MCU.