Apparently Dark Phoenix Was Delayed Due To Alita: Battle Angel

Secret Life of Pets 2 Debuts At #1 Dark Phoenix Flies to Franchise Low

Dark Phoenix registered a franchise low opening of $33 million in the U.S., over its first weekend.

The series hit an early low point with 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, which made an early (and largely unsuccessful) attempt to adapt the Dark Phoenix comics saga for the screen.

This movie was supposed to be the start of a new trilogy and would be followed by something new and different in the shape of New Mutants, but then everything changed and Dark Phoenix has ended up being something of a disaster. Instead, it opened to $33 million, making it the first film in the franchise to not debut at number one.

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.

According to the report, James Cameron was concerned Alita: Battle Angel would fare poorly at the box office in its December opening weekend opposite Aquaman and Bumblebee.

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This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Sophie Turner in a scene from Dark Phoenix. RelishMedia also theorises that X-Men fans had bid farewell to the characters in Apocalypse and the universally beloved Logan. In fact, it's not only scored the worst debut of the 2019 summer movie season, it's also managed to earn the worst ever opening for any X-Men movie. However, it is worth bearing in mind that the reported production budget of Pets 2 was less than half of that of Dark Phoenix ($80 million compared to $200 million).

Dark Phoenix is performing better overseas, with the film taking in $107 million from 53 markets ($45.6 million from China) and putting its worldwide opening at $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 24.5 million dollars, bringing its domestic grosses to 232.4 million dollars.

And in fifth was Paramount's Rocketman, the biopic about singer Elton John, at US$14 million.

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