X-men: Dark Phoenix Flops With Lowest Box Office Results In Series


The latest X-Men movie, Dark Phoenix, hit theaters this weekend and scored the lowest opening for a movie in the entire mutant superhero series. The film opened at No.2 and made an estimated $33 million in its first three days on release. This is well below the last X-Men movie, 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse, which debuted with $65.7 million, which was itself considered a disappointment at the time. Dark Phoenix did better overseas and opened with $45.6 million in China, to bring the worldwide total to $107 million. Nevertheless, considering the negative reviews and the fact that the X-Men series is eventually expected to be rolled into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this is almost certainly the last movie featuring the current cast.

The animated The Secret Life of Pets 2 claimed the No.1 slot this weekend, with an estimated $47.1 million. Although the film did top the chart, this was also an underwhelming result compared to the impressive $104.3 million that the first film took in 2016, which remains a record opening for an original animated film in the US. However, it is worth bearing in mind that the reported production budget of Pets 2 was less than half of that of Dark Phoenix ($80 million compared to $200 million).

There were no other new entries in the Top 10 this weekend. Last week's No.1, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, dropped into fourth place. Its domestic gross now stands at $78.5 million, and as Box Office Mojo notes, the film may have trouble breaking the $100 million barrier in the US. Its predecessor, 2014's Godzilla, made $136 million in the US.

Elsewhere, Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin moved down one place to No.3, while the musical Elton John biopic Rocketman fell to No.5. In the lower half of the chart, the Blumhouse-produced horror Ma and action sequel John Wick: Chapter 3–Parabellum, are at No.6 and No.7 respectively, while Marvel's hugely successful Avengers: Endgame is at No.8. The movie has now taken $824.3 million in the US and $1.90 billion worldwide.

You can see the full Top 10 list for the June 7-9 US box office below, as compiled by Box Office Mojo.

US Box Office For June 7-9:

  1. The Secret Life of Pets – $47.1
  2. Dark Phoenix Fox – $33.0
  3. Aladdin – $24.5
  4. Godzilla: King of the Monsters – $15,5
  5. Rocketman – $14.0
  6. Ma – $7,8
  7. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – $7,4
  8. Avengers: Endgame – $4.8
  9. Pokemon Detective Pikachu – $2.9
  10. Booksmart – $1.5

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