The opening day numbers are in, and there is no way around it. Fantastic Four is a bomb. It flopped big on it's opening day, pulling in $11.3 million. This does not bode well for 20th Century Fox. And now the sequel is in question. Even though the studio already issued a June 2017 release date for The Fantastic Four 2, a mighty big miracle is going to have to happen for things to move forward with this same cast.
That said, Fantastic Four still has a chance to take the #1 spot at the box office this weekend, racing last week's winner Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation to the finish line. Right now, the race is still too early to call. Friday's tally was down from last year at this time, with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pulling in $25.6 million in its opening day. It is unclear if bad word of mouth ruined Fantastic Four's chances for box office glory, or if fear after two back-to-back theater shootings is keeping people away from their local cinemaplex.
It is estimated that Fantastic Four will pull in $28 million over the course of the three day weekend. The 2005 Fantastic Four, which wasn't well-received by fans or critics, will almost have doubled the new reboot's opening weekend take, as it pulled in $56 million. The 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer had a similar opening weekend take of $58 million. This is sad news for Fox, who were expecting this new version of the classic Marvel superhero family to kick-start a refreshed franchise. Maybe Marvel knew what they were doing when they canceled the comic book. It's clear that general audiences aren't interested in this title.
Fantastic Four had the lowest opening day for a superhero movie since the 2012 sequel Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance, which only grossed $6.9 on its first Friday in release. The Fantastic Four reboot holds the distinction of being the lowest superhero opening in the history of 20th Century Fox, even placing it behind the very-much hated Daredevil starring Ben Affleck. That movie pulled in $15.3 million on its first Friday, with its entire box office run petering out at $102 domestically.
As for the rest of the weekend and the other new movies that were released, the low budget thriller The Gift is sailing on great word of mouth and will come in a solid third. It earned an estimated $4 million, and will likely have earned an estimated $10 to $11 million by the time Monday arrives. While that might not seem like a lot, this Blumhouse thriller will more than make its money back. Ricki and the Flash pulled in $2.3 million on Friday, and will likely earn a weekend total of $7 million, putting it in the #7 spot. Poor Shaun the Sheep won't even crack the Top 10 despite great reviews. It will probably end up with around $5 and $6 million for the weekend.
On the bright side, the Fantastic Four reboot did do better in just it's opening day than the entire theatrical run of Marvel's 2008 reboot Punisher: War Zone, which opened with $4.2 million on it's way to a grand total of $8 million domestically. Fantastic Four has few supporters, with a very low Rotten Tomatoes score of 9%. What about you? Did the bad reviews keep you away from the theater this weekend? Or are you afraid of encountering a shooter? However you stack it up, the fate of the X-Men/Fantastic Four Crossover Movie certainly seems a lot less certain now, and we know why none of the producers wanted to admit that it might be happening.