So, yeah, for those of you out there that might not know, first-time director Simon Kindberg’s Dark Phoenix starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Sophie Turner as Jean Grey hit theaters this past weekend and fell all but flat on its mutant face. Snagging a mere $33M domestically, the new movie now holds the title as the lowest opening weekend ever for the Fox/Marvel mutant franchise. And today we have word that things are only going to be getting worse for the film as it moves along. Finance experts say this phoenix will burn out with an estimated $100M-$120M loss.
This loss comes with the news that the movie ended up costing an estimated $350M+ to produce all said and done. And yes, that figure is said to include all those reshoots that pushed the film back from its original November 2018 release date to its final release last week. But supposedly those reshoots are not in themselves to be blamed for the movie’s failure. Evidently Dark Phoenix had less reshoots than X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse. But this has not been confirmed.
It’s said that a good amount of this Dark Phoenix failure comes off the heels of X-Men: Apocalypse being universally considered (until this past weekend) to be the weakest X-Men movie ever. But the pain doesn’t stop there for this newest (and final) Fox-produced X-Men motion picture. Oh, no. The film scored the lowest ever CinemaScore for the franchise, and as we have already reported, the new movie has the lowest Rotten Tomatoes score of all the X-Men movies with a current rating of just 23%. Hell, even X-Men Origins – Wolverine managed to pull in a 37% back in 2009, and that movie is God-awful.
The Critic Consensus for Dark Phoenix over on Rotten Tomatoes reads: “Dark Phoenix ends an era of the X-Men franchise by taking a second stab at adapting a classic comics arc — with deeply disappointing results.” Ouch. I haven’t seen the movie personally, but I loved X-Men: First Class so I think I’ll eventually make time for X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Men: Dark Phoenix soon. It can’t be all bad.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy as Charles Xavier / Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkhölme / Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy / Beast, Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers / Cyclops, and Sophie Turner as Jean Grey / Phoenix. Alexandra Shipp joins as Ororo Munroe / Storm, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler, Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver, and Jessica Chastain as Vuk. Additionally, Kota Eberhardt plays Selene Gallio, Andrew Stehlin plays Ariki, and Scott Shepherd and Hannah Anderson play Jean’s parents John and Elaine. Ato Essandoh, Brian d’Arcy James, and Lamar Johnson costar with Halston Sage, who cameos as Dazzler.
The movie was written and directed by Simon Kinberg based on X-Men by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Kinberg also produced the film along with Hutch Parker and Lauren Shuler Donner. Hans Zimmer provided the score. This update comes to us via Deadline.