Opening August 7 to a mere 26 million, Fantastic Four saw one of the weakest opening weekends in recent superhero film history.
Starring Miles Teller (Whiplash), Michael B. Jordan (That Awkward Moment), Kate Mara (House of Cards), and Jamie Bell (Snowpiercer), the film was projected to bring in anywhere between 30 and 40 million according to 20th Century Fox.
Days before its release the film received negative reviews which may have attributed to the film under performing. Director Josh Trank even took to Twitter to disown his own film by tweeting “A year ago I had a fantastic version of this [the film] and it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.” The tweet was taken down moments after its initial post.
The film was reported to have cost an estimated 120 million to make, plus millions more for marketing, so unless the film does really well internationally it will be one of Fox’s biggest flops in recent history.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, which released a week prior to Fox’s film and stars Tom Cruise, kept the number one spot for the second weekend in a row with an estimated 29 million.
Fox has yet to comment on if this film’s performance will affect their plans to work on Fantastic Four 2 which is still set to release June 9, 2017.