At this moment, "The Flash" was a huge flop. Without "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" becoming Disney's biggest disaster since "John Carter," it would be the summer's biggest loser.
I'm not being mean—these are the facts. As the Scarlet Speedster's first live-action solo feature winds down in theaters, it has outperformed a Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster.
"The Flash" has grossed $268.1 million internationally against a $200 million production budget, according to The Numbers.
Since the movie has been on VOD for weeks, its total is unlikely to grow before it leaves theaters.
In comparison to the MCU, Andy Muschietti's DC flick outgrossed 2008's "The Incredible Hulk."
The second MCU picture after "Iron Man," it grossed $265.5 million, making it the lowest-grossing.
"Captain America: The First Avenger" ($370 million) comes closest. "Incredible Hulk" was genuinely unique. "The Flash" barely cleared Marvel Studios' 15-year-old low bar.
Marvel Studios has had one superhero film that grossed less money in 15 years and over 30 films.