Box Office: ‘Fantastic Four’ Is a Fantastic Flop With $26.2 million Opening
For the fourth time in a row, after the Roger Corman 90s flick and the attempted franchise in the mid-2000s, the Fantastic Four has been a critical and commercial disappointment.
Fantastic Four has flopped at the weekend box office. The film, from Chronicle director Josh Trank, opened to a tepid $26.2 million. This is one of the lowest openings in history for a big-budget superhero movie from a major studio, as 20th Century Fox comes out on the losing end on the latest installment of this franchise, which cost $120 million to make. By comparison, this week’s No. 1 movie, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, made $29.4 million, and the spy movie is currently in its second weekend at the box office. Fox expected Fantastic Four to make at least $40 million, and yet the movie made only a little over half that number, so to say this is bad would be a mild understatement, particularly considering the amount of ground this movie will have to make up to turn a profit.
Hell, the news isn’t much better for Fantastic Four overseas, as the movie opened to just $34.1 million to bring its worldwide total to $60.3 million in its opening weekend. This is minuscule in comparison to Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which took in an extra $65.5 million internationally to bring its two-week worldwide total to an impressive $265.3 million.
Fantastic Four took a pounding due to its poor critical reviews, its scathing audience response, and the condemnation of its own director, as Josh Trank tweeted that the film that made it to the screen wasn’t the film he envisioned. He later deleted the tweet, but the damage had already been done.
In other box office news, actor Joel Edgerton has a success on his hands, as his directorial debut — psychological thriller The Gift — opened at No. 3 with $12 million. On a budget of just $5 million, The Gift is already turning a profit for STX Entertainment. Coming in at No. 4 was Vacation, the continuation of the National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise, which earned $9.1 million in its second weekend. Rounding out the Top 5 is Ant-Man, which crossed $300 million worldwide with a global haul of $326.3 million. Domestically, the film made $7.8 million through Sunday.
But how did the other films do at the weekend box office? Check out the Top 10 list below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 08/10/2015
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 ($7.3 million)
7. Ricki and the Flash ($7 million)
8. Trainwreck ($6.2 million)
9. Pixels ($5.4 million)
10. Southpaw ($4.7 million)
But what, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on Fantastic Four, check out check out Josh Trank’s rant against his own film!