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‘Morbius’ Shows Limits of Comic Book Love With $39 Million Debut

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Sony Group’s hot run of comic-book films showed its limits after “Morbius,” a dark movie with a blood-sucking antihero, delivered less than half of the opening weekend ticket sales of last year’s “Venom: Let There Be Carnage.”

The movie, which tells the origin story of villain Doctor Michael Morbius, generated $39.1 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales, Sony said in an email Sunday. That was below the $40.2 million that researcher had forecast. Sony projected $33 million going into the weekend before upping its forecast to as much as $41.5 million on Saturday.