‘Morbius’ is now the biggest movie on Netflix

Netflix users, finally you can proudly say, with all sincerity and accuracy: It’s morbin’ time.

Yes, the critically maligned (yet oddly popular on the internet) Morbiuscontributor Jared Leto as Marvel Comics’ living vampire, now streaming on Netflix. Having recently debuted on streaming, it has already risen to the #1 movie on the service in the US, according to the top ten list currently available on Netflix’s website:

Yes, Morbiuswhich grossed a total of $73.8 million in domestic theaters — approximately nine percent of the earnings of Sony’s previous Marvel films, Spider-Man: No Way Home — is currently the top movie on all of Netflix (at least in the US), where it’s more popular than Netflix originals like the Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg comedy Me timeas well as other popular hits such as This is 40, Despicable me 2, Security, Scarfand Despicable Me. (Why is Despicable Me movies so popular on Netflix?!?)

To what can we attribute the film’s popularity on Netflix? Maybe people have seen the different ones Morbius memes and GIFs on social media. They weren’t willing to pay $15 to see the movie in a theater—nor should they have been, this movie was really, really bad—but they is curious enough to want to watch it on Netflix, where they already pay a monthly subscription fee and it doesn’t cost them an extra penny to watch it.

If you’re one of those people, be warned: the memes are funny, the movie is not. Here was the opening section from my review back in April:

Morbius was released in theaters on April 1st, so I have to ask: Are we sure this isn’t some kind of elaborate April Fool’s joke? At least it feels like one. There are very few times in my life I’ve seen a film this poorly executed, this awkwardly written, this blatantly taken apart and reconstructed in the editing room. It may be about a vampire, but it feels more like the work of a cinematic Dr. Frankenstein; sutured together from bits and pieces of disparate storylines and characters that don’t fit, then zapped into an unholy, disjointed life.

So watch out: It might be morbin’ time, but it’ll be 104 minutes of your life you can never get back. Proceed with caution.

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