It will be the first time in many years that DC and Warner Bros. have a big hit on their hands. It might be early for me to do a prediction, but The Flash is likely to surpass the box office collections of Aquaman which was released in 2018. In fact, I will go a step ahead and say that The Flash is likely to also become the most successful Warner Bros. film ever breaking the records of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
In 2021, we were the only and the first website to predict that ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ is likely to surpass the mark of not one billion dollars to $2 billion at the box office. Of course at that time because of the ongoing pandemic, no one believed us that it was even possible, but guess what ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ finished its box office run with a collection of $1.9 billion at the worldwide box office. Similarly, we also predicted that despite the hype and rumors Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness won't be able to reach closer to the collection of ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home,’ and it ended up even below $1 billion.
Without any doubt, The Flash is currently the most hyped-up film of this year and in terms of trending topics, it is way ahead of Oppenheimer, Fast X, and Barbie. However, I would like to stay away from drawing a comparison with these films as they are completely different and still two months away.
The Flash is showing somewhat similar trends as we saw with Spider-Man: No Way Home. However, there are still many differences and one of them is that No Way Home was never shown to any audience weeks before the release. Even in one of the screenings, they only showed the first 50 minutes and its premiere was held just 2 days before the release and it was the first time the full film was shown. The film has a lot of rumors surrounding it including the appearance of all three live-action Spider-Mans from this century to appear together, which in the end became reality and drove every Spider-Man fan to the theaters.
Months before the release, The Flash also has similar rumors that said there will be multiple Flash and Batman in the film. But Warner Bros. officially confirmed all these rumors when they revealed the first trailer closing down all the rumor mills. However, that doesn't mean it won't be exciting as the film will also mark the last appearance of Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck in respective roles of Batman, which will certainly drive their fans to head to the theaters.
The trailers are indeed exciting and the multiple screenings by Warner Bros. have received only positive reviews. In the end, the main factor that leads to a successful box office collection is how many people are actually able to reach the theaters and pay for the film, and so far The Flash is doing excellent in terms of making the general audience excited.
If the hype and the same trends continue ever after its release on June 16, we will be seeing the new king of the DC box office, the record which was held by Jason Momoa's Aquaman release in 2018. Aquaman collected $1.14 billion at the box office and is currently the highest-grossing DC film followed by The Dark Knight Rises with $1.08 billion. The Flash is currently projected to have a domestic opening weekend between $115 million and $140 million, with a total domestic projection ranging from $280 million to $375 million. But I think it's going to beat these numbers easily.
Unlike Marvel and Disney, DC and Warner Bros. haven't seen a tentpole of success, so The Flash has given them that hope to believe that it might be the one that finally goes to that level. Even the highest-grossing Warner Bros. film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 has made only $1.3 billion which is way behind Disney films that have reached $2 billion several times at the box-office
Warner Bros. is confident and has high hopes for The Flash release in theaters on June 16, 2023, worldwide. Watch the Final Trailer for The Flash below:
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