A “Fantastic” Fail: Latest Fantastic Four Reboot Bombs At The Box Office

A "Fantastic" Fail: Latest Fantastic Four Reboot Bombs At The Box OfficeCredit: Tumblr

It’s safe to say that, like the word “fetch”, Hollywood should stop trying to make The Fantastic Four happen.

The latest installment (or rather reboot because hello, no Chris Evans) flopped at the box office. According to Box Office Mojo, the film had a $26.2M debut, allowing Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation to win for the second weekend in a row with $29.4M. The film earned a dismal “C-” Cinemascore, and currently holds a 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Any hopes for sequels were pretty much dashed with these figures. As far as Marvel films go, this one is at the bottom of the list in terms of success. It also doesn’t help that its own director, Josh Trank, spoke against his own movie. Then there were those pesky reshoots, which spell trouble for any film.

While Fantastic Four might have crashed and burned spectacularly, the one silver lining of the film that critics agree on is Michael B. Jordan’s performance as Johnny “The Human Torch” Storm. The actor definitely has the chops to do comic book films. Here’s hoping that the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a-calling and saves him like they did for Chris Evans.

The box office as a whole had a rough weekend. Three other movies made their debuts, with two of them failing to even make the top 5. Ricki and The Flash and Shaun the Sheep Movie both debuted with soft numbers while the other premiere The Gift landed at number 3 for the weekend.

Here are this weekend’s top five at the box office:

  1. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation — $29.4 million
  2. Fantastic Four — $26.2 million
  3. The Gift — $12 million
  4. Vacation — $9.2 million
  5. Ant-Man — $7.8 million

Next weekend will bring audiences The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Straight Outta Compton for our viewing pleasures. Here’s hoping these two films have a better at the box office.

Erika Negrón Rivera
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