‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ defeats ‘X-Men’ to top box office


Disney acquired the X-Men franchise as part of a $71 billion deal for most of 21st Century Fox's assets earlier this year.

The superhero film, expected to be the last in the X-Men franchise after Disney's merger with Fox, opened to abysmal reviews, earning a 23 per cent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

After back-to-back triumphs, the series was arguably due for a disappointment - and it arrived in a big way with 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse. It's the worst opening of all the X-Men films and the first not to open in first place. "Secret Life of Pets 2", on the other hand, cost the studio $80 million to produce.

And in opening to $140 million, it's down significantly on predecessors like X-Men: Days of Future Past, which opened to $262.9 million (£207m), Logan ($247.4 million/£195m) and even the roundly disliked X-Men: Apocalypse, which opened to $166.6 million (£131m).

Lauren Shuler Donner, the wife of Superman director Richard Donner, is listed on the aforementioned three movies as a producer on IMDb, but we see that apparently, it is in name only. This includes a subpar $45 million opening weekend in China, which should've been more because of a local holiday, and $2.3 million (Rs 16 crore) in India, where the film was up against Salman Khan's Bharat.

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Dark Phoenix was originally scheduled for a November 2, 2018 theatrical release, but was rescheduled to February 14, 2019 to accomodate necessary reshoots.

This Summer, 20th Century Fox's X-Men series will take another shot at trying to adapt the classic Marvel Comics story "The Dark Phoenix Saga" by Chris Claremont.

You can check out the first character poster featuring Sophie Turner's Jean Grey below and click "Next" to scroll through the gallery. Nevertheless, considering the negative reviews and the fact that the X-Men series is eventually expected to be rolled into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this is nearly certainly the last movie featuring the current cast.

Also starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, and Jessica Chastain, it's out now across the UK.