At CinemaCon 2019, it was announced that Dark Phoenix would be the “final chapter” in the Fox era of the X-Men franchise (alluding to a reboot by Marvel Studios) and Disney did confirm that the film would still get a theatrical release this summer, despite unsupported rumors that the film would be scrapped or thrown onto a streaming service that had been making the rounds online.
While it’s still very early, BoxOfficePro has some domestic box office projections with long-range information for Simon Kinberg’s Dark Phoenix suggesting the X-Men film could be targeting the $40-55 million range, which isn’t likely what 20th Century Fox would like to hear.
There is an expectation that these numbers will increase but they have placed the possible opening at $47 million. If that number turns out correct, that would give Dark Phoenix the lowest domestic opening of the entire X-Men franchise. If they land the high-end of $55 million of the projection it’ll put the final film among the original X-Men from 2000 at $54.5 million and Matthew Vaughn’s soft-reboot X-Men: First Class which opened to $55 million.
For some perspective, X-Men: Days of Future Past opened to $90.8 million in 2014 and X-Men: Apocalypse opened to $65.7 million in 2016. I’m sure the studio is hoping that Dark Phoenix inches more in the $60-70 million range come June, which could end up happening as the marketing attempts to get audiences more excited for the summer comic book flick.
I’m sure it didn’t help the film’s release date had been delayed twice moving from last November to this February and then moving once more to early June.
Dark Phoenix is set to be released on June 7th.
In DARK PHOENIX, the X-MEN face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.
SOURCE: BOX OFFICE PRO