We’re starting to see initial box office predictions for Dark Phoenix come rolling in. With just a few weeks to go until the movies release the picture is a mixed one for the last of 20th Century Fox’s X-releases.
According to Box Office Pro the Simon Kinberg directed picture is tracking for a $40-50M opening weekend in North America. Those prediction string out to around a $113M domestic gross.
By comparison the lowest opening of any current X-Men movie falls to The Wolverine which opened to $53M in 2013. That would make it the lowest domestic gross for the franchise.
Based off a reported $200M production budget that’s a rather bleak outlook for the movie. But we have to take in to account that international grosses can vary wildly and the movie could prove to be a huge success outside the domestic market.
In Dark Phoenix, the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling our of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite – not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.
Dark Phoenix is being directed by Simon Kinberg. James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender are confirmed to return to the roles of Charles Xavier, Mystique and Magneto respectively. Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp and Kodi Smit-McPhee will also return.
The film is due for release on June 7, 2019.