Fantastic Four Flops With $26M Opening

The North American weekend box-office estimates are in and 20th Century Fox’s “Fantastic Four” reboot has opened in second place with $26.2 million.

‘Four’ came in behind “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” which stood atop the box-office for a second weekend in a row with $29.4 million. That’s a very healthy drop of around 47% with the film buoyed by good reviews and strong word of mouth. The film has grossed $108.6 million domestically and a further $156.7 million internationally.

“Fantastic Four” took in $11.3 million Friday, dropped to $8.5 million on Saturday Fox are projecting it to make $6.4 million on Sunday. That’s a fairly disastrous tally for the studio, the lowest opening for a superhero film since the bomb “The Green Hornet,” but probably making them more nervous is that the film earned a C- Cinemascore which indicates audiences rejected the film almost as much as the critics – and doesn’t bode well for its future. Internationally it got off to a $34.2 million start.

The Joel Edgerton-directed psychological thriller “The Gift” proved a surprise hit this weekend, opening in third place with $12 million. Not faring as well was the Meryl Streep musical drama film “Ricki and the Flash” which opened in seventh with $7 million.

The more lighter hearted fare of “Vacation,” “Ant-Man,” “Minions” and “Trainwreck” all dropped similar amounts (35-40%) from last weekend.

In limited release Sundance favorite “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” started strong with $13,750 per theater average and the Kevin Bacon-led “Cop Car” was solid with a $9,000 per theater average. Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man” though bombed by opening too wide – garnering less than $890,000 from 925 screens.

Source: Box-Office Mojo