Fantastic Four Might Not Fly To No. 1 At The Box Office


To borrow an often misquoted line from Sally Fields and flip it around, you really, really don’t like Fantastic Four. Or at least the critics don’t, banishing the reboot to the same level of Rotten Tomatoes hell where only fare like Batman and Robin and Catwoman previously resided.

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Fox probably isn’t so thrilled about that, and there could be even worse news on the way: Fantastic Four is currently in doubt to even finish its opening weekend at No. 1 at the U.S. box office, an almost unthinkable state of affairs for a super hero movie in this decade.

While Box Office Mojo liked Fantastic Four to open at around $45 million when it surveyed the landscape on Thursday, Variety has a newer forecast that has the movie possibly struggling to even hit $30 million. That could leave it behind Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, which is in its second weekend of release.

As context, Variety suggests that the last super hero movie to open under $35 million was The Green Hornet in 2011. But the truth is actually much worse, because Seth Rogen’s ill-fated turn donning a mask was an action-comedy take on a pulp hero that the youngest moviegoers didn’t know. This is Marvel’s first super-team, the group that truly kicked off the Silver Age of comics, and it’s embarrassing to have it languishing down in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance territory.

The only people who could possibly happy about this development are the fans who want to see Marvel get the Fantastic Four movie rights back. I guess there’s always a silver lining, but it’s certainly not paved with gold in this case.

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