The Flash and 6 biggest box office bombs of 2023

It was a rough time at the box office for The Flash, The Marvels, and other big budget movies in 2023.
The Flash movie - Credit: Warner Bros.
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(L-R): Rosario Dawson as Gabbie, Tiffany Haddish as Harriet, LaKeith Stanfield as Ben, and Owen Wilson as Father Kent in Disney's live-action HAUNTED MANSION. Photo Jalen Marlowe. © 2023 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved. /

Haunted Mansion

  • Release Date: July 28, 2023
  • Director: Justin Simien
  • Cast: LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Dan Levy, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Jared Leto
  • Global Box Office: $118 million

Haunted Mansion is another example of the good-movie-released-at-the-wrong-time box office conundrum. Haunted Mansion wasn't a hit with critics, but it's a solid comedy. Of the mainstream comedies released in 2023, it's one of the best, and it has an excellent cast led by LaKeith Stanfield. Justin Simien is a great director. As a Halloween movie, Haunted Mansion really works!

Unfortunately, Disney inexplicably released Haunted Mansion in the middle of summer and one week after Barbie and Oppenheimer. I know the audiences might not be the same, but those were two of the highest-grossing movies of the year. Barbie, which might have a little crossover with Haunted Mansion with families, kids, and young adults, grossed more than $1 billion.

Truly, I don't understand what Disney was doing here, but it's possible the goal was to get the movie on Disney+ by Halloween, which happened. The film hit Disney+ on Oct. 4, 2023, but that's not the best strategy.