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X-Men: Dark Phoenix flops at US box office as Secret Life of Pets 2 goes top

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Story by Jack Foley

X-MEN: Dark Phoenix has flopped at the US box office following a number of bad reviews.

The final film in the current series could only muster $33 million in ticket sale, thereby becoming the lowest opening for an X-Men film, ever.

Previously, The Wolverine was the lowest-grossing X-Men title, with a 2013 bow of $53.1 million. The last X-Men movie, 2016’s Apocalypse, opened to $65 million.

Longtime X-Men writer and producer Simon Kinberg makes his directorial debut with the latest instalment, which marks the end of a 19 year-long franchise now that Disney has acquired Twentieth Century Fox.

The plot sees Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) turn into her evolved form, with newfound powers that tear the team apart. The movie features the return of team members like Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Professor X (James McAvoy) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence).

Internationally, the film landed $107 million. China led the way with $45.6 million in ticket sales, followed by Korea ($5.7 million), Mexico ($5.0 million) and the UK ($4.9 million).

But the global total still marks a disappointing return for a once beloved franchise.

Back in the US, Dark Phoenix also missed out on the top spot, which instead went to animated sequel The Secret Life of Pets 2, which barked its way to $47.1 million on what proved to be a low earning weekend.

Pets 2 also struggled to find much critical appreciation, but fared better with audiences.

Harrison Ford makes his animated debut as one of the characters, while Patton Oswalt heads the cast of pets who find themselves divided for an all new series of adventures.

The $47.1 million falls some way below the original’s huge opening in 2016 ($104.3 million), which still holds the record for the highest-grossing opening ever for an original film. That movie went on to take in $875.4 million at the global box office.

In third place in the US was Disney’s Aladdin, with $24 million, pushing its US total to $232 million, while in fourth was holdover Godzilla: King of Monsters, which sits at $78.6 million after its second weekend, where it grossed $15.5 million over the three days.

The figure is another disappointing return for a high profile release and has prompted Warner Bros. picture group chairman Toby Emmerich to admit that it is now likely that the series’ next film, Godzilla vs. Kong, will be pushed back from its March 2020 release date.

Rounding out the top five is Paramount’s Elton John biopic Rocketman, which pulled in another $13 million, bringing its Stateside haul to $50 million.