Why ‘Dark Phoenix’ Ended the ‘X-Men’ Series With a Box Office Whimper

  • The Wrap
The saga of Fox’s “X-Men” series came to an inglorious end this past weekend, as “Dark Phoenix” suffered the worst opening weekend in the history of the 19-year, 12-film franchise with a $33 million launch.

While one more film in the series is still coming with the repeatedly delayed spinoff “The New Mutants,” this will be the final film to feature Charles Xavier and his team of heroic mutants before they are assimilated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the coming years. But no one other than the most devout superhero movie fans was interested in seeing this incarnation of the X-Men off as “Dark Phoenix” sunk 38% below the previous franchise low opening of $53 million by 2013’s “The Wolverine.”

This blockbuster, made on a reported $200 million budget before Fox was acquired by Disney, is set to be one of the biggest box office bombs of 2019 — one that a lot of box office analysts saw coming.
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