Fantastic Four Fizzles with Box Office Flop

Josh Trank’s reboot bombs at the box office. Also the sun is hot.

[dropcap size=small]F[/dropcap]antastic Four was doomed before anyone even knew it was happening. Thrown together at the last minute so FOX could keep the rights, all the studio has done is confirmed that these characters would be better served back at Marvel. Director Josh Trank and star Miles Teller were defending the film, and early reviews were rinsing it, all before the film’s official release date.

Then it was released, and things got worse. Fantastic Four opened to a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and earnings of just $26.2 million at the U.S. box office, $14m less than experts predicted. To put this in perspective, Marvel’s Ant-Man just opened to $58 million, and the only Marvel movie to have earned less in its opening weekend was 2008’s The Incredible Hulk with $55 million. All bad news for Fantastic Four, all good news for us – we may not have to sit through a sequel after all.

Fantastic Four is out now. So is Ant-Man. See that instead.


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