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'Dark Phoenix' Could Lose $100 Million For Fox and Disney

'Dark Phoenix' Could Lose $100 Million For Fox and Disney

The people have spoken and they have said, en masse, "We're grand, thanks" with regards to yet another grey, dull, ultimately pointless X-Men movie.

Dark Phoenix sold US$33 million in tickets, the worst performance in the X-Man franchise's 20-year history and "well below expectations", according to Variety.

After back-to-back triumphs, the series was arguably due for a disappointment - and it arrived in a big way with 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse.

Longtime X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner takes to Twitter to react to the release of X-Men: Dark Phoenix but deletes the tweet.

In summary and when factored in against a reported production budget of $200 million; not good at all. X-Men United, Deadpool and Deadpool 2. Although The New Mutants is still scheduled for theatrical release, it's safe to say that Dark Phoenix ends the main mutant-filled saga on a whimper. Dark Phoenix grossed around $US 107 million outside of the United States, putting its worldwide opening weekend gross at $US 140 million. With Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner starring as the titular character alongside Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy, it seemed Dark Phoenix would draw in huge numbers. "While the film didn't open the way we wanted, we think the legacy of the X-Men series is important and it's more important than how one film opens".

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In contrast, The Wolverine, which is not really regarded as a classic, nor did it shatter any notable commercial records, debuted to a $53 million domestic opening weekend in 2013. Dark Phoenix is expected to be Fox's final X-Men film featuring the core X-Men cast in the cinematic universe launched by director Bryan Singer in 2000 with the Disney-Fox merger now complete.

Last week's No.1, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, dropped into fourth place.

Analysts projected that the film would open in the $40 million to $50 million range at the box office.

And the acclaimed Elton John biopic Rocketman, from Paramount Pictures, rounded out the top five with 14 million dollars.


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