Dark Phoenix Projected To Lose More Money Than Fantastic Four
It appears that Dark Phoenix is going to bomb harder at the global box office than even Fantastic Four, and that is really saying something. After receiving terrible reviews, mixed public reception and a shockingly low box office opening of $33 million domestically, the latest and final film in the X-Men franchise is looking to end its run with a whimper.
Dark Phoenix played only in 426 theaters in the U.S. this weekend, while the film’s international run is also about to come to an abrupt end. The superhero movie is expected to earn slightly more than $250 million at the worldwide box office. Although this total might seem like a reasonable number for most movies, this is not the case for the Simon Kinberg’s directorial debut which reportedly had a $200 million budget to work with (excluding marketing costs).
According to Forbes, since the film will earn less than 1.39 times its overall budget, the film will make less money than the ultimate disaster that was the ill-fated Fantastic Four reboot, which earned $167.9 million on a reported $120 million budget back in 2015.
While the film still hasn’t left theaters, it will be impossible for 20th Century Fox to break even with this movie.
Written and directed by Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain. Here’s the synopsis:
This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we’ve come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet — one of their own.
Dark Phoenix is now playing in theaters. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the X-Men franchise at Marvel Studios we learn it.