While many films last month opened above expectations, that’s not the case in June it would seem.
The two major movies opening this weekend – “Dark Phoenix” and “The Secret Life of Pets 2” – are both coming in considerably under what they were expected to debut with.
‘Phoenix’ is the latest installment in the “X-Men” franchise and it hauled in just $14 million on Friday – putting it on pace for a $34 million opening weekend. That would easily be the worst debut ever for an X-Men movie, behind “The Wolverine” with a much more impressive $53 million debut.
Said to cost a massive $200 million and pulling in terrible reviews, the film will need to perform overseas to do well. Then there’s the animated sequel “The Secret Life of Pets 2” which will easily finish in the top spot with a three-day haul of $46.1 million. While it’s solid, that’s still 15% lower than original projections.
Returnees aren’t being spared either. “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” looks to be plummeting in its second outing, falling by nearly 70% to a $14.7 million second weekend.
Fairing better are Disney’s “Aladdin” and Paramount’s “Rocketman” with both holding steady with $24 million and $12.6 million respectively.