No major superhero film has opened at below $35 million since “The Green Lantern” in 2011, according to Forbes. “Fantastic Four” had a 9 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes as of Saturday, but has so far earned $11.3 million, putting the poorly reviewed superhero movie on track for a $28-million weekend, even though 20th Century Fox spent upwards of $120 million to make the new Fantastic Four Movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fantastic Four was expected to clear at least $40 million, although many expected it to approach $50 million. No one’s sure what the film’s start means for the sequel, which is already dated for June 2017.
“While we’re disappointed, we remain committed to these characters and we have a lot to look forward to in our Marvel universe,”
said Fox domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson, declining to comment specifically on Fantastic Four 2.
That number leaves the new movie well behind the first two “Fantastic Four” films, which each grossed more than $56 million in their opening weekends.
The low numbers aren’t super surprising given the film’s rocky start. During production, everything that could go wrong, did. Director Josh Trank was reportedly terrible, wrecking sets and showing up late, the film went into reshoots at the beginning of this year, and Fox even considered scrapping the project.
The young stars; Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell, the “Fantastic Four” have failed to catch on with critics or fans. On Thursday night, loads of bad reviews poured in and director Josh Trank tweeted and then quickly deleted a tweet that seemed to imply that the studio had altered his original vision for the film.
“A year ago I had a fantastic version of this,” Trank tweeted. “And it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality, though.”
There has been speculation that Fox could incorporate the Fantastic Four characters into the X-Men series. Fox is also in the midst of launching two new superhero franchises based on Marvel characters; Deadpool and Gambit.
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