Marvels Eternals Fall Short Of Expectations After Lukewarm Reviews

Eternals has been making waves with several red carpets.

And with a $71 million launch, Marvel’s superhero film Eternals topped the US weekend box office.

However, according to Variety, the latest addition in the Marvel Cinematic Universe failed to meet expectations, with estimations predicting a $75 to $80 million opening weekend.


Critics have given the film a mixed reception, with an average score of 48 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the first Marvel film to achieve a ‘Rotten’ rating.

On Rotten Tomatoes, Eternals received an 85 percent approval rating. In contrast, the picture only received a B on CinemaScore, the poorest of any Marvel film.

Still, Eternals had the fourth-best opening weekend of any pandemic-era film, following only Black Widow ($80.3 million) and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings ($75.3 million).

The movie, directed by Chloe Zhao, also grossed $90.7 million internationally, for a total of $161.7 million worldwide.

The Eternals, an Earth-based species of immortal creatures with extraordinary abilities, emerge from seclusion to protect and keep humans safe from their ancient foes, the Deviants.

Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Kit Harrington, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Lia McHugh, and Don Lee are among the cast members.

The film also stars Ridloff as Makkari, the MCU’s first deaf superhero. And Henry as Phastos, the franchise’s first openly gay superhero, shares the franchise’s first onscreen same-sex kiss with Haaz Sleiman, who plays his husband.


According to The Hollywood Reporter, Eternals was barred in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar after Disney refused the request to censor and eliminate the film’s same-sex love.