Sunday, April 14, 2024

Box Office: Fantastic Four Is a Blow Out Disaster Thanks to Fanboy Rejection


Here’s the deal on these comic book movies: if the fanboys smell a stinker, you’re dead. “The Fantastic Four” made just $26.2 million over three days, probably a little less. It’s a bust. The fanboys knew it in advance. See the way they’ve tried to distance Marvel, their never-do-wrong glowing orb, from infidel Fox. Yes, Fox owns the rights to the Fantastic Four characters. But Marvel didn’t disown the new movie, Stan Lee put his name on it. It’s their loss, too.

So now what? I don’t think we’ll be seeing the “Fantastic Four” again any time soon. And if we ever do, my guess is that Fox will cut a deal with Marvel the way Sony has concerning Spider Man. At Fox, the X Men series was lucky to find a filmmaker who really got it and stuck with it in Bryan Singer. That’s what you need for these things to work.

Coincidentally, both Sony and Fox are having terrible years. “FF4” is Fox’s latest wound. So far, 15 movies that earned money for Fox in 2015 have made a total of $687,933,683. That’s approximately what Universal’s “Jurassic World” has made world wide.

Fox has released 9 new movies in 2015. Three of them went over $100 million. “Home,” an animated film that won’t win the Oscar thanks to Pixar’s “Inside Out,” made $176,819,973. Matthew Vaughn’s very good “Kingsmen” made a very tidy $128 million. Melissa McCarthy’s comedy “Spy” came in at $108 million, which is pretty damn good.

Every studio has its dog days. Fox will rise again with Stacey Snider running the show now. I’m banking on Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” with Matt Damon to turn things around.

Meanwhile, “Trainwreck” crossed $90 million this week, on its way to $100 mil. For a comedy, this is nirvana. And “Mission Impossible” is slowing down but still, $265 million worldwide isn’t bad after just 11 days.

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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