‘Dark Phoenix’ Just Had the Worst Opening in ‘X-Men’ History

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Critics branded the film, starring Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, as the "worst ever" X-Men instalment, with Rolling Stone's Peter Travers likening it to "a dying fish".

Fox's Dark Phoenix debuted this past weekend to negative reviews and disappointing box office numbers, marking an underwhelming end to the current era of X-Men films.

Said to be the final instalment in the X-Men series, Dark Phoenix has the main characters facing the fierce power of superhuman Phoenix after a space mission goes awry. It's the de facto conclusion to the modern X-Men movies that started in 2000, and also the first major 20th Century Fox film to be released by the Walt Disney Co. following the acquisition. Yes, Apocalypse made money, but when there are so many other superhero films for fans to choose from, it's maybe a little foolish to think they'll come back when you've already disappointed them so thoroughly.

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The movie premiered earlier in some global markets, and has so far made $97 million worldwide.

But the quality wasn't there and it scored even worse reviews overall than the widely-disparaged X-Men: Apocalypse. For every Logan, we have an X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The problem for Dark Phoenix, which now sits on just 23% on Rotten Tomatoes and is headed towards a deeply uninspiring box office return. The film grossed just around $33 million at the domestic box office, compared to the 2016 opening of Deadpool, a spinoff, which grossed over $125 million opening weekend.

This Summer, 20th Century Fox's X-Men series will take another shot at trying to adapt the classic Marvel Comics story "The Dark Phoenix Saga" by Chris Claremont.

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This resulted in Dark Phoenix being pushed to June 7, despite the fact that director Simon Kinberg, producer Hutch Parker and Fox vice-chairman Emma Watts "begged" Stacey Snider not to do this, according to sources who spoke with THR.

Also starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, and Jessica Chastain, it's out now across the UK.

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