Dark Phoenix had the worst opening weekend of any X-Men film

Oscar Cross
June 11, 2019

June Gloom hit Hollywood at the box office this weekend.

Universal and Illumination's "The Secret Life of Pets 2" nabbed first place at the North American box office with 47.1 million US dollars this weekend.

Even that movie managed a 47 percent approval score on Rotten Tomatoes - Dark Phoenix has just 23 percent. The animated sequel wasn't expected to come close to matching the $104.3 million that the first "Secret Life" made in 2016, but it has also fallen short of the $50 million opening projected by trackers and has posted one of lowest openings ever for an Illumination release.

Rounding out the list, for its second weekend in theaters, Paramount's Elton John biopic, Rocketman, was able to maintain a spot in the top five bringing in another $14 million adding to a $50 million domestic box office and a $101 million global take.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix should have felt like an event, the final installment in a series that's been around since 2000.


The people have spoken and they have said, en masse, "We're grand, thanks" with regards to yet another grey, dull, ultimately pointless X-Men movie. RelishMedia also theorises that X-Men fans had bid farewell to the characters in Apocalypse and the universally beloved Logan.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain. "Secret Life of Pets 2", on the other hand, cost the studio $80 million to produce.

The film opened on Friday 7 June in the USA and made $33 million (£26 million) across the weekend. Dark Phoenix grossed around $US 107 million outside of the United States, putting its worldwide opening weekend gross at $US 140 million. Marvel and Sony's "Spider-Man: Far From Home" and Disney's "The Lion King" will debut next month.

Disney's "Aladdin" landed in third place on box office charts with $24 million, pushing its domestic grosses to $232 million.

And the acclaimed Elton John biopic Rocketman, from Paramount Pictures, rounded out the top five with 14 million dollars.

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