Wednesday, April 17, 2024

“Fantastic Four” Heads to $27 Mil Opening Weekend Disaster–Half of What Last Two Did


Fox, Marvel and a lot of other people are bemoaning Friday’s $11.3 million opening for “Fantastic Four.” The weekend looks like $27 million, about half of what either of the first two “FF” movies did in 2005 and 2007.

“Fantastic Four” carries Fox and Marvel logos. No matter what Marvel fans think, this is is poor reflection on everyone. And Fox didn’t make a bad movie on purpose, and Marvel didn’t root for failure. Everyone wanted a success.

It’s no fault of the cast, and I don’t know about fault regarding the director. It’s just a mess.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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