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In the worst opening weekend ever for an 'X-Men' movie, 'Dark Phoenix' made just $33 million

In the worst opening weekend ever for an 'X-Men' movie, 'Dark Phoenix' made just $33 million
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"Dark Phoenix," the latest installment in the "X-Men" franchise, brought in $33 million at the domestic box office, the worst in franchise history.




However, the movie did make over $100 million at the international box office, making it the number one global release for the weekend and tops in 36 markets, including China.




Universal's "The Secret Life of Pets 2" won the weekend domestically with $47.1 million, however, underperformed as projections had the movie earning around $60 million.




The summer is turning into a feast or famine season, as big weekends like "Avengers: Endgame" and "Aladdin," follow weak ones, like the modest opening by "Godzilla: King of the Monsters."




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If there was any doubt that Disney would do a complete overhaul of the "X-Men" franchise after acquiring Fox, that's all been erased after this weekend.
The latest movie in the franchise, "Dark Phoenix," earned an estimated $33 million in its opening weekend at the domestic box office, marking the worst first weekend ever for the franchise. Previous to this, the lowest opening for an "X-Men" movie was 2013's "The Wolverine" with $53.1 million.
It's a sad end to the famous Marvel characters that fueled the box office at Fox for two decades. Now under Disney, the IP will be added into the studios' Marvel Cinematic Universe under Marvel Studios. But first, Disney will have to take its lumps from the release of "Dark Phoenix."
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