After a tepid critical reception, X-Men: Dark Phoenix has endured further disappointment with the lowest-opening weekend in the mutant franchise’s history.
The final installment in the X-Men film franchise seemed poised for success in a year of record box-office takings with female leads. With Game of Thrones‘ Sophie Turner starring as the titular character alongside Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy, it seemed Dark Phoenix would draw in huge numbers.
According to Variety, Disney-Fox’s latest installment is on pace for a $34 million opening after collecting a meager $14 million on Friday, making it “the worst debut ever for an X-Men movie.”
Historically, the franchise has performed well internationally, however with its $200 million production budget and a 23% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s not looking promising.