After extensive reshoots and multiple release date delays, the final entry in 20th Century Fox’s long-running X-Men franchise arrived in cinemas this past weekend, although given the reception to X-Men: Dark Phoenix from critics and audiences, Disney is probably wondering why it didn’t just shelve the film following the Fox takeover.
Dark Phoenix opened to the worst reviews of the entire franchise, not to mention a series low for the X-Men movies at the domestic box office, and now Deadline is reporting that the superhero blockbuster will likely lose at least $100 million from its theatrical run.
According to the site, Dark Phoenix’s combined production, reshoots and marketing budget exceeds $350 million, while the film is projected to finish up its run with around $300 million, meaning it will end up as one of the biggest box office bombs of all time.
The film’s failure will also surely raise question more marks about The New Mutants, which was recently pushed back YET AGAIN to April 2020 and is still yet to undergo reshoots despite principal photography wrapping almost two years ago. Don’t be surprised if New Mutants ends up going straight to a streaming service, if it ever sees the light of day at all…
X-Men: Dark Phoenix sees Simon Kinberg directing a cast that includes franchise veterans Michael Fassbender (Magneto), James McAvoy (Professor X), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler) and Evan Peters (Quicksilver) alongside new additions Kota Eberhardt (The Persian Connection) as Selene, Andrew Stehlin (Hacksaw Ridge) as Red Lotus, and Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game) and Lamar Johnson (Kings).