If an abysmal critical consensus and huffy director hadn’t already made it clear, the record-low box office should: Fantastic Four is pretty terrible. The latest Marvel superhero flick from 20th Century Fox set the tone early on Friday, with a reported $11.3 million in ticket sales. The weekend nosedive continued into Sunday morning’s numbers report, which estimates a total take of just over $26 million for the film’s opening weekend.
That puts it behind Impossible Mission: Rogue Nation, which hangs onto number one at the box office for its second week in release, with a weekend take of $30 million. It’s not the worst-ever opening for a Marvel Comics property. Director Lexi Alexander’s ultra-violent, hard-R-rated Punisher: War Zone delivered an opening weekend total of $4.2 million to Lionsgate, though it played on almost 1,500 fewer screens than Fantastic Four.
A closer comparison is 2012’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance from Sony. The $22 million opening weekend falls short of Fantastic Four’s, but Ghost opened on roughly 800 fewer screens, and at a time of year (February) when blockbuster performance is a rarity.