20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four didn't perform so well at the box office this past weekend, opening with just $26.2 million, taking second place behind Paramount's Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. Many analysts had predicted the superhero reboot would debut in the $30 million to $40 million range, but the movie suffered from largely negative reviews, en route to a disappointing opening weekend. The studio had already put The Fantastic Four 2 into development, with a June 9, 2017 release date in place, but many had wondered if this project would be scrapped after the underwhelming box office results. The Hollywood Reporter spoke to Fox domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson, who says the studio is still "committed" to these characters.
"While we're disappointed, we remain committed to these characters and we have a lot to look forward to in our Marvel universe."
The site notes that he wouldn't specifically comment on the status of Fantastic Four 2, but an unconfirmed report from this weekend claimed the studio is considering cancelling that superhero sequel in favor of Deadpool 2. Deadpool doesn't hit theaters until next February, but the project is already riding a wave of positive buzz after their red band trailer debuted last week. Fantastic Four reportedly cost $122 million to make, which doesn't include marketing costs. After its first weekend, the superhero movie has made $59.7 million worldwide.
There have been rumors that the studio wants Bryan Singer to direct The Fantastic Four 2, which would segue into a crossover with the filmmaker's lucrative X-Men franchise. The director himself confirmed that early plans are in the works, but over the weekend, producers Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker revealed that there are no superhero crossover projects in the works. Fantastic Four currently has just a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a C- CinemaScore rating.
Do you think 20th Century Fox should move forward with The Fantastic Four 2? Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (The Human Torch), Kate Mara (The Invisible Woman) and Jamie Bell (The Thing) would likely be back to reprise their roles, but it's unclear if Simon Kinberg would be back to write the script. Director Josh Trank made a controversial statement on his Twitter page that was later deleted, where the filmmaker essentially blamed the studio for the bad reviews. It seems unlikely that the filmmaker will be asked back, should a sequel move forward, so who do you think should direct?