‘Fantastic Four’ flops at box office in US and globally

Superhero reboot has received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics

The new Fantastic Four movie has suffered a woeful opening weekend across the globe.

The superhero reboot starring Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell grossed just $26.2 million (£16.9 million) at the US box office – less than half the $56.1 million (£36.2 million) that 2005’s Fantastic Four and $58.1 million (£37.5 million) that 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer took in their opening weekends.

Directed by Chronicle‘s Josh Trank, the film has received overwhelmingly negative reviews, with NME branding it “a horribly botched reboot that squanders a talented young cast” – read the full review here.

Fantastic Four has also performed poorly outside the US, grossing $34.1 million (£22.1 million) in other territories for a global opening weekend total of $60.3 million (£39 million). By contrast, Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation raked in $156.7 million (£101.2 million) globally in its second week on release.

Chris Aronson of Fantastic Four‘s producer-distributors 20th Century Fox told The Hollywood Reporter: “While we’re disappointed, we remain committed to these characters and we have a lot to look forward to in our Marvel universe.” Fantastic Four is estimated to have cost $120 million (£77.5 million) to make, excluding promotional and marketing costs, and the studio has already scheduled a sequel for June 9, 2017.

Ahead of the film’s release, director Josh Trank appeared to criticise the film’s final cut, writing on Twitter: “A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.” He has since deleted the tweet.

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