Fantastic 4 Gets clobbered at the Box Office
The 20th Century Fox reboot of Fantastic 4 is one of the worst Box Office openings for a marvel brand since Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, which opened with $22.1 million. F4 barely surpassed that with $26.2 million, far short of the projected $40 million.
Bad reviews doomed this film, Peter Travers gave it zero stars and called it “the cinematic equivalent of malware” and “worse than worthless.”
Lou Lumenick called it “the summer’s worst movie” and wrote that plans for a sequel “seem more like a threat than a promise.”
Rotten Tomatoes has it a putrid 9% on it’s Tomatometer, and Fantastic 4’s Cinemascore has movie-goers rating it at a paltry C -. Expect a massive second week drop.
Also when the director talks shit about his own film it may be a bad sign.
Fox May have had success rebooting the X-Men universe, but with Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four most likely grossing less than either of its predecessors, this may well dash their mini Marvel Universe.
The poor performance was bad enough that last week’s Box Office Champ, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, led domestic totals with $29.4 million in its second week, fueling the Tom Cruise revival.
Third this weekend was surprisingly The Gift at $12.5 million. The picture is written and directed by Joel Edgerton, making his directorial debut after writing films like The Square, The Rover, and Felony. The Gift stars Edgerton, Rebecca Hall, and Jason Bateman and concerns a happily married couple who face internal and external threats after an old school chum returns to their lives. considering the critically acclaimed thriller reportedly cost just $5 million,That’s a big win.
The R-rated comedy Vacation was fourth at $9.15 million. It has grossed $37.32 million in its two weeks in release.
Marvel superhero heist/comedy Ant-Man took in another $7.83 million, increasing its total to $147.44 million after four weeks since opening.
Jonathan Demme’s Ricki and the Flash debuted with $7 million on 1,603 screens for Sony’s TriStar Pictures. The film, starring an aging rocker portrayed by Meryl Streep and co-starring Kevin Kline, will expand in coming weeks. Unless Ricki and the Flash has some legs Sony and Tristar may not recoup the $18 million budget..
Worse yet, Shaun The Sheep did $4 million for the 3 day totals, and 5.5 million since its soft release Wednesday. It had been expected to make $8 million over that period.
Lionsgate is distributing the picture, having paid roughly $2 million for the rights along with promotion and advertising costs, The studio is said to need approximately $15 million to break even.
The Wallace and Grommit spin-off has collected $57 million from overseas thus far since it was released earlier in the year, combine that with DVD and streaming revenue, we have probably not seen the last of Shaun the Sheep.
1. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, $29.4 million
2. Fantastic Four, $26.2 million
3. The Gift, $12 million.
4. Vacation, $9.1 million.
5. Ant-Man, $7.8 million
6. Minions, $7.4 million
7. Ricki and the Flash, $7 million.
8. Trainwreck, $6.3 million
9. Pixels, $5.4 million
10. Southpaw, $4.8 million.