After basically a year of bad vibes, controversial news, and fear of the worst, the worst has indeed come to pass for 20th Century Fox’s cinematic Fantastic Four reboot. Following numerous bad reviews, with the best saying it was mediocre at best, Fantastic Four has failed at the box office, only grossing $26.2 million dollars over the weekend. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film came in only second place behind Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
Now making over $26 million dollars at the box office isn’t always failure, but it is when you consider certain things. For example, the movie was made for roughly $120 million dollars, and that’s not including the massive marketing campaign. It looks unlikely that it’ll make that back. Furthermore, the original Fantastic Four movie from roughly a decade back, made $56 million in its first weekend, and that movie had some bad reviews as well, though, not as bad as the new film. The 2005 Fantastic Four film ended up making $154 million domestically and $330 million worldwide, a number the new film likely won’t come close to touching.
And though not “technically” under the Marvel banner, it is one of the lowest Marvel openings of all time, only a few million ahead of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, which was released by Sony Pictures in 2012. This failure is leading to some interesting questions, including what will happen to the previously announced sequel? Also, what about the possible crossover with the X-Men franchise that was confirmed to be in talks? Barring something miraculous, it appears neither of those will be happening anymore.