The Flash earns worst box office drop in DC history

Ezra Miller as Barry Allen in The Flash
(Image credit: Warner Bros.)

The Flash has set a new record for DC – though it's not a great one.

The film suffered a 73% drop in its second weekend, making it the worst-ever second-weekend drop for a DC film and the worst second-weekend drop for a comic book movie since Morbius (H/T Variety). 

The Flash earned $55 million in its opening weekend, then took in just $15.3 million the following week. This is almost as bad as Morbius's 73.8% weekend drop, but definitely brings a new low for DC: Black Adam only had a 59% drop in its second weekend, with Shazam! Fury of the Gods at 69%.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse maintains its number one spot, earning just over $300 million (domestic) after only four weeks.

Per The Direct, the biggest second-weekend drops for DC movies at the domestic box office are as follows:

  • The Flash - 72.5%
  • The Suicide Squad - 71.5%
  • Jonah Hex - 69.7%
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - 69.1%
  • Shazam: Fury of the Gods - 69%

The worst-ever domestic box office drops for comic book movies are:

  • Steel - 78%
  • Morbius - 73%
  • The Flash - 72.5%
  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix - 71.5%
  • The Suicide Squad - 71.5%
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army - 70.7%
  • Jonah Hex - 69.7%
  • Hulk - 69.7%
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - 69.1%
  • Elektra - 69%

There's still time for The Flash to meet or surpass its $220 million budget, especially with global box office returns, but we'll see.

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Lauren Milici
Senior Writer, Tv & Film

Lauren Milici is a Senior Entertainment Writer for GamesRadar+ currently based in the Midwest. She previously reported on breaking news for The Independent's Indy100 and created TV and film listicles for Ranker. Her work has been published in Fandom, Nerdist, Paste Magazine, Vulture, PopSugar, Fangoria, and more.