FOX has finally released an official trailer for “Dark Phoenix,” which is scheduled to hit theaters on Valentine’s Day next year. During a rescue mission in space, Jean Grey is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, the events start to fracture the X-Men team. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.
The film was directed by Simon Kinberg, working from a story created by John Byrne and Chris Claremont from the “The Dark Phoenix Saga”. The film stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain.
Looking back on the nine X-Men films in the franchises’ history, excluding the two “Deadpool” films, the franchise has been inconsistent at the box office. The first film in the franchise released back in 2000 and “X-Men” had a $54M opening weekend before making $296M worldwide. Bryan Singer returned to direct “X2: X-Men United” in 2003 and the film made $85M on its opening weekend before grossing $407M worldwide. Brett Ratner took over directing duties for “X-Men: The Last Stand,” which had a $102M opening in 2006 before grossing $459M worldwide. Gavin Hood directed the first spinoff in 2009 and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” made $85M on its opening debut before going on to make over $373M worldwide.
Then we jumped to “X-Men: First Class,” entering into the younger versions of the previous established heroes. Matthew Vaughn directed the film in 2011, which opened with $55M before grossing $353M globally. The franchise took a break and jumped back into the Wolverine spinoff story with “The Wolverine” in 2013. The film had a $53M debut before grossing $414M worldwide. The break seemed to work and Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” had an amazing $90M opening before making $747M across the globe. Singer returned to direct the film “X-Men: Apocalypse” in 2016, which made $65M before leaving theaters with $543M worldwide. That’s when the franchise went back to sleep, once again jumping to Wolverine for “Logan” in 2017, a film that made $88M on opening weekend before topping the global box office with $619M. We will have to see if “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” can beat the “X-Men: The Last Stand” opening franchise record of $102M, or the “X-Men: Days of Future Past” record gross of $747M. If you want to throw “Deadpool” into the mix, “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” will have to make over $132M on opening weekend, and over $734M worldwide. We should point out that “Deadpool” and “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” were given Valentine’s Day weekend releases, so it will be interesting to see how the two properties compare.
20th Century FOX will release “Dark Phoenix” on February 14, 2019.