Dark Phoenix has officially crashed and burned at the box office, with the Sophie Turner-starring superhero movie (which is said to be the last of the X-Men movies with the current cast) taking just $254.4million at the box office (via Box Office Mojo).
For comparison, this is $40 million less than the very first 20th Century Fox X-Men movie managed to take in 2000, the previous low point for the franchise, and over $500 million less than Deadpool 2, the highest-grossing X-Men movie to date released last year.
“And that’s the thing that I think can drive people crazy and keep them up and be thinking about a movie’s failure years later. If the lesson you’ve learned is that you had the wrong date or you didn’t have good marketing–that’s not a lesson.”
Now, with 20th Century Fox owned by Disney and the X-Men reportedly headed for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it looks like these merry mutants could be headed for a serious reboot in the next few years.
And based on these box office numbers, we can’t imagine audiences will mind too much. Clearly, they weren’t really watching the current X-Men anyway.