Fantastic Four stumbles at the box-office with $26M debut
The new action-adventure “Fantastic Four” failed to live-up to the standards set before it by Marvel and Warner Bros. Pictures. The film, starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan, only managed to make $26.2M at the box-office, well below the opening weekend-totals of previous super-hero themed juggernauts.
Directed by Josh Trank, working off a screenplay by Simon Kinberg and Jeremy Slater, the film opened this weekend to an estimated 3,995 screens.
“Fantastic Four” failed to take the number one-spot, that went to “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation” from Paramount Pictures. The film earned $29.4M over the weekend to bring its two-week total to just under $109M domestically.
In a distant third-place was “The Gift” from writer and Director Joel Edgerton.The film earned $12M domestically in its debut weekend on just an estimated 2,503 screens. The story follows a young married couple’s as their lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband’s past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.
The film stars Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and the film’s director, Joel Edgerton.
“Vacation” from Warner Bros. Pictures earned an additional $9.1M to take fourth-place overall at the box-office. The comedy has now earned a little over $37M domestically since its release in theaters. Rounding out the top-five this weekend was the Disney-Marvel superhero film “Ant-Man” with $7.8M. That film has now earned over $147M at the domestic box-office.’
There were a few limited-releases that opened this week as well that deserve a mention. The Meryl Streep comedy-drama “Ricki and the Flash” from Sony Pictures opened to $7M domestically this weekend across only 1,603 screens. The film stars Streep as a musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom who returns home, looking to make things right with her family. “Rick and the Flash” took seventh-place overall at the box-office.
Jonathan Demme directed the film, which was written by “Juno” writer Diablo Cody. Joining Streep on-screen in the film were Kevin Kline and Streep’s daughter, Mamie Gummer.
The family-focused animated comedy “Shaun the Sheep Movie” from Lionsgate also opened this week, earning $4M at the domestic box-office to take 11th place overall. The family comedy was well-received by most critics and was directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak. The directing duo also write the screenplay to the film, which stars Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes and Omid Djalili.