Has the “X-Men” franchise run out of steam?
That’s the question after the disappointing opening for the latest film in the Marvel Comics franchise, with “Dark Phoenix” bringing in just $33 million domestically in its first weekend of release.
This, notes Coming Soon, marks a franchise low for an “X-Men” film, and also the first time an “X-Men” movie didn’t open at #1 at the domestic box office. It should be noted, however, that the film performed far better overseas, where it brought in $107 million for a global total of $140 million to capture the #1 spot worldwide.
“We wanted to see a stronger performance,” Cathleen Taff, Disney’s president of global distribution, tells Variety of the movie’s weak domestic opening. “It’s a competitive landscape as always in the summer, but we think the dedicated fans will find and appreciate the movie, especially as it comes to the conclusion.”
Meanwhile, the weekend’s box-office champ was “The Secret Life of Pets 2”, which opened in the top spot with $47 million domestically. In addition, the animated sequel brought in an additional $49 million internationally for a worldwide total of $97.04 million.
“Aladdin” took the weekend’s third-place spot, continuing to perform well in its third week with $24.5 million domestically, for a total to date of $232.4 million domestically and $372.5 million internationally, adding up to a combined $604.9 million.
Rounding out the weekend’s top five are: “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” at fourth place, bringing in $15.4 domestically and $47.1 million internationally for a global total of just over $292 million; and “Rocketman”, which dropped to fifth place with $14 million, with a two-week total of $50.5 million domestically and $51.3 million internationally for a combined worldwide take of $101.8 million.