Box Office: ‘Fantastic Four’ Stumbles, ‘Mission: Impossible 5’ Hot on its Heels

Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Fantastic Four’s” opening weekend returns are looking less and less promising: The superhero pic is now on track for a $28 million opening weekend after pulling in $11 million on Friday.

With a $120 million budget, a failure of “Fantastic Four” could be a tough blow for 20th Century Fox. Despite the reboot’s star power — Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell play the fearsome foursome — the pic hasn’t gained audience traction the way superhero movies generally do. In fact, the last major superhero release to bow below $35 million was Sony’s “The Green Hornet” ($33.5 million in 2011). Even the film’s director, Josh Trank, is distancing himself from the final product.

SEE MORE:Hollywood Can’t Seem to Crack Marvel’s ‘Fantastic Four’

“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” is poised to go neck-and-neck with “Fantastic Four” for weekend dominance, tracking to make up to $29 million this weekend after generating $8 million in Friday grosses. The fifth chapter in Paramount’s Tom Cruise franchise will cross $100 million in U.S. grosses by Monday.

Also out this weekend is STX Entertainment/Blumhouse’s “The Gift,” starring Joel Edgerton and Jason Bateman. The stalker thriller pulled in $4 million in Friday grosses, which forecasts a weekend total around $11 million, slightly higher than anticipated.

There’s also Meryl Streep starrer “Ricki and the Flash,” which logged a Friday gross of $2.25 million in 1,603 locations. The aging rock star drama by Sony TriStar, helmed by Jonathan Demme and written by Diablo Cody, will expand to more than 2,000 theaters next weekend.

“Shaun the Sheep” also remains in competition after bowing Wednesday to an underwhelming $852,000. The stop-motion pic nabbed $1.2 million on Friday, meaning it should hit $5 million by weekend’s end.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Don’t waste your money watching this crap… worse movie ever!

  2. John says:

    Having a recognizable star might’ve helped.

    • wadepmason says:

      When targeting teens, Miles Teller is about as recognize able as there is… The Spectacular Now, Divergent, Insurgent, Footloose, Project X.

      Your criticism asserting that the casting directors are out of touch comes from a place that is in fact out of touch. Just because you don’t know what’s going on with teens…

  3. Tim says:

    What you really want to proclaim is that FF stumbles because of racism. Here we go again.

  4. lila fowler says:

    The studio vastly overestimated the “star power” of this film’s stars. Who really cares about any of these four people? Miles only became someone last year with Whiplash, an independent movie. Mara hasn’t been on House of Cards since her mercy killing in S2E1. The others? Who? All are B- at best.

  5. IT 2 IT says:

    Franchise slum Hollywood—STEPPED ON—- the awesomely relevant
    65th Anniversary of the KOREAN WAR to bring us SLOP – – –like this????

  6. Brendan says:

    To people unfamiliar with FF, the trailer told them nothing… and made it look like the movie was a mess.

    To people familiar with FF, in addition to the trailer making it look there was no coherent story or even scenes of character interaction worth showing, the studio alienated the fans by changing the origin story and throwing away their signature costumes.

    The studio alienated the fans and failed to interest general audiences.
    the failure was completely avoidable… the comic book is filled with countless interesting storylines and character conflicts that could have been used.

  7. nerdrage says:

    Hopefully the rights will revert to Marvel Studios soon now. And nobody should take it out on the cast. All are fine, just miscast, except for Kate Mara.


    MI 5 poised to grab the number one spot for a 2nd week in a row. And to think prognosticators thought it would be impossible for Tom Cruise’s MISSION to get to 30 million this weekend. Not only does MI 5 have legs, it also could lock up the top spot for the next few weeks.

  9. John says:

    Whoever made the decision to cast Michael B. Jordan at Fox should be fired Monday morning – if it was Jim, then sorry – Jim’s gotta go.

  10. harry georgatos says:

    House cleaning of over-paid studio executives at Fox has to happen immediately. Studio execs have no training in the filmmaking process and are nothing more then greedy carpetbaggers.
    FF is a stink box of the worst kind and the execs at the smelly offices of Fox approved this stink box of a movie which confirms all the wrong people have all the right jobs. Fox feels it’s summer blockbusters have to be dumbed down to such an offensive level for said film to find an audience.

    Only franchise Fox seems to be getting right is X-MEN. The success of that can be attributed to Bryan Singer and Mathew Vaughn then the money sharks of Fox who have the brain-power of a peanut.

    Studio executives and test screening surveys which have destroyed so many films are a cancer on the filmmaking process.

  11. Neo says:

    Seriously….. Is anyone really surprised.

  12. TOM says:

    The blame falls squarely on MJordan who has no business being part of ‘The Fanastic Four.’ Maybe he should be the new Spiderman.

    • nerdrage says:

      Are you kidding? The worst idea was making Doctor Doom – the freaking inspiration for Darth Vader – into a pimply faced blogger! Jordan is like #30 on the list of Things This Movie Got Wrong (such as, hey – The Thing! and his pre-pubenscent voice!)

    • John says:

      Agree 100%, just seeing Michael B. Jordan’s face on all the “Fantastic Four” posters and photos tells you everything that is wrong with this movie.

      • Emmanuel Williams says:

        Strange that everybody including yourself John is blaming Michael B. Jordan playing Johnny Storm being the main reason why Fantastic 4 bombed. I guess then U had no problem with Laurence Fishburne playing Perry White in Man Of Steel and Batman Vs. Superman Dawn Of Justice.

  13. Ian says:

    Laughing at Variety trying to pretend the Fantastic Four cast has star power.

    • Barry says:

      Damn. That’s what I came here to say. I read the article and was like,”Which one is a star again?” The highest any of those people should be in the credits is third. None of them is a leading actor or someone that can carry a movie.

    • John says:

      They all think Miles Teller is some star on the rise because of “Whiplash”, the fact is majority of teenage males that makes up most of the movie-going audience hate this guy, just type in his name on Twitter, you’ll see hundreds of name calling on Miles Teller.

    • Al Swearengen says:

      Lets revisit this comment after Creed comes out on Thanksgiving.

    • Rick says:


  14. Brandon Villanueva says:

    Disney should cover the costs of production and promotion, and add 50% on top of that for the rights. In the proper hands, the material associated with the Fantastic Four is worth billions. A quarter of a billion is a fair asking/selling price (sorry Fox, but it’s not Star Wars).

  15. Paully says:

    Insulting the fans from the get go was not a very good strategy with Fantastic 4..

  16. G. Cam says:

    This will be the last Fantastic Four film. The next time we see them their rights will have reverted to Marvel and they will be guests in another movie, probably a Spiderman film.

  17. James says:

    This movie makes me want to go see Pixels and enjoy it, then go back home and watch the first two Fantastic 4 movies twice, and enjoy them!!! That’s how bad I think this movie is.

  18. Murray says:

    That’s good. The movie is stink garbage!

  19. Murica! says:

    LOL!! What star power?

  20. BC says:

    “Despite the reboot’s star power — Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell”
    Acting power maybe, but not star power.

  21. Spider says:

    All of a sudden, “Ant-Man”, doesn’t look bad (never really did), opening box office numbers-wise, as many media outlets were declaring. It was really good. Now, “Fantastic Four” is the first comic book flick that I have skipped at the theater, ever. The trailers were terrible and didn’t make me want to see it……I think Fox needs to scrap the sequel and relinquish the rights to this property back to Marvel Studios……On another note, Tom Cruise delivered a kick-ass, high octane action blockbuster that I wouldn’t be surprised if it made #1 at the box office, again!

  22. Kyle says:

    We all want a FF4 movie. There’s no question.

    We just don’t want this one.

  23. JCM says:

    I can’t believe comments are closely moderated when “Elaine” is spamming them.

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