‘Blue Beetle’ Lands Same CinemaScore Grade As ‘Black Adam’ & ‘Shazam’ Sequel

Did Blue Beetle deserve a better grade?

Blue Beetle Xolo Mariduena Suit

The DC Universe has had its fair share of ups and downs, and the recentl-released Blue Beetle finds itself comfortably in the middle with a B+ CinemaScore grade. This rating places it shoulder to shoulder with titles like Suicide Squad, Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman 1984, The Suicide Squad, Black Adam and Shazam! Fury of the Gods.

CinemaScore gauges moviegoer reactions, providing an initial glimpse into a film’s potential longevity at the box office. With Blue Beetle securing a B+, it’s evident that the film managed to strike a chord with its first wave of viewers. However, despite a B+ CinemaScore, films like Wonder Woman 1984, The Suicide Squad, Black Adam and the Shazam! sequel faced hurdles in translating this positive reception into sustained box office success.

Over the weekend, Blue Beetle debuted with a tally of $25.4 million in North America. When combined with its international earnings, an additional $18 million from 63 different markets, the global opening stands at a somewhat underwhelming $43 million.

DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn has confirmed that Xolo Maridueña’s Jaime Reyes and a handful of other characters from Blue Beetle will continue within the canon of the DCU. Although this film was made under the previous regime, Gunn’s confirmation regarding the future of these characters bodes well for future stories. After all, a Booster Gold series was announced as part of DCU’s Chapter One: Gods and Monsters, and given that character’s ties to both Ted Kord and Jaime Reyes, it looks possible that we will see those three interact together sometime in the future.

Who is DC’s Blue Beetle?

Blue Beetle is one of DC’s lesser-known heroes, but he has a dedicated fanbase nonetheless. Created in 1939 by Charles Wojtkowski, Blue Beetle has gone through several iterations over the years. The Jaime Reyes version of the character was introduced during the events of 2006’s Infinite Crisis and quickly became a fan-favorite.

In the pages of DC Comics, Jaime Reyes is a teenager from El Paso, Texas. Jaime discovers a scarab beetle-shaped device that bonds with his body, giving him access to an advanced suit of armor and various powers. He becomes the latest in a long line of Blue Beetles and must learn to balance his newfound abilities with his everyday life.

The full cast of Blue Beetle also includes Bruna Marquezine, Belissa Escobedo, George Lopez, Adriana Barraza, Elpidia Carrillo, Damián Alcázar, Raoul Trujillo, Susan Sarandon and Harvey Guillén.

Rick Lemoine

Rick Lemoine

Raised on a hearty dose of Marvel and DC comics, Rick combines his love for superheroes with a knack for writing about Hollywood's brightest.