The final film of a franchise is usually a big hit for a studio, but “Dark Phoenix” failed to connect with moviegoers this weekend. Now that Disney owns 20the Century FOX, fans seemed more excited about the idea of their favorite X-Men characters being reborn into the Marvel Cinematic Universe than watching the final showdown unfold in theaters. “Dark Phoenix” was one of two under-performing sequels weekend, and with “Men in Black,” “Toy Story 4,” and the “Chucky” reboot on the way, the new releases will have an uphill battle attracting new audiences throughout June.
In the battle of the sequels, “The Secret Life of Pets 2” won the weekend with a $47M opening across 4,561 locations. Chris Renaud and Jonathan del Val directed “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” which features the voice talents of Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, Tiffany Haddish, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress, Ellie Kemper, Pete Holmes, and Nick Kroll.
Chris Renaud directed the original “The Secret Life of Pets” in 2016; that film debuted with a $104M domestic opening before going on to make over $875M worldwide for the studio.
FOX’s “Dark Phoenix” landed in second-place on the domestic charts with a $33M opening at 3,721 locations. Simon Kinberg directed “Dark Phoenix,” which features Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Jessica Chastain.
Including the Deadpool and Wolverine movies, the X-Men franchise spans across twelve films. Dark Phoenix’s mediocre opening landed the film in last place on the domestic opening weekend chart, under “The Wolverine’s” $53M opening in 2013. If “Dark Phoenix” doesn’t want to end the franchise as the lowest performing X-Men movie of all time, it will have to top the 2000 release of “X-Men,” which made $296M worldwide.
The new releases pushed Disney’s “Aladdin” down to third-place overall, the musical had a $24.5M weekend across 3,805 locations. Now in its third week in theaters, “Aladdin” rose to $232.3M domestically this week. Guy Ritchie directed “Aladdin,” and the live-action remake stars Will Smith, Naomi Scott, and Mena Massoud.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” tumbled down to fourth-place this weekend, bringing in $15.5M across 4,108 locations. Dropping 67% in weekend gross after its debut, the film now sits with a $78.5M domestic gross after two weeks. Michael Dougherty directed “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” which features Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, and Thomas Middleditch.
“Rocketman” landed in fifth-place this week, bringing in $14M at 3,610 locations nationwide. Also in its second week in theaters, the musical’s total now sits at $50.4M domestically. “Rocketman” was directed by Dexter Fletcher, and features Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard.
These films will battle “Men in Black: International” next weekend, starring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, and Emma Thompson. Tim Story’s “Shaft” with Samuel L. Jackson also releases next week.
The following weekend won’t be any easier for this week’s new releases, as Disney debuts “Toy Story 4” against the “Child’s Play” reboot. Luc Besson’s actioner “Anna,” starring Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, and Cillian Murphy, is also releasing that same weekend.
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