X-Men: Dark Phoenix appeared to have all the ingredients needed to secure its place at the top of the box office. First off, barring Dead Pool 2, it has been two years since Logan, which was the last X-Men film to be made and was a huge hit. This meant less risk of “X-men fatigue” and a higher chance of people heading to movie theaters for the film.
Second, Jean Grey is one of the most compelling characters in the franchise and since X-Men: The Last Stand, fans have been calling for the storyline to be revisited. Lastly, it stars Sophie Turner, who won over a huge host of fans worldwide thanks to her superb performance as Sansa Stark in the Game of Thrones season. So where did it all go wrong?
X-Men: Dark Phoenix currently sits at a dismal 23% on Rotten Tomatoes. Before the film even came out, critics slashed it, resulting in the lowest ever box-office opening in X-Men History. In fact, the film ended up losing an estimated $100 million as a result.
The movie went onto gross $296.3 million at the box office, a measly taking compared to Deadpool 2, which took home $778.9 million. The reason? It really wasn’t that good and was a deeply disappointing end to the X-Men franchise.