Weekend Box Office: ‘Dark Phoenix’ Debuts Behind ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’

     June 9, 2019

Dark Phoenix officially holds the lowest opening of the 19-year, 12-film X-Men franchise. The film, written and directed by Simon Kinberg, rose from the ashes this weekend to just $33 million, significantly behind the opening numbers for 2013’s The Wolverine ($53 million) and the original Bryan Singer-directed X-Men ($54 million). The other film Dark Phoenix failed to catch? The Secret Life of Pets 2, which opened this weekend at number 1 with $47 million, just a bit better than estimates.

Dark Phoenix stars Game of Thrones alum Sophie Turner as Jean Grey in an adaptation of the iconic “Dark Phoenix Saga” comic book arc. As a writer, Kinberg already half-attempted to get that story on to the screen with X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006, which is one of the worst-reviewed entries in the franchise but actually the third-highest earner at $234 million. (It’s actually the highest earner if you don’t count the Deadpool movies.)

Meanwhile, Godzilla: King of the Monsters toppled 67.5% from its opening weekend to notch another $15 million, landing the mighty monster mash in fourth place behind Disney’s live-action Aladdin ($24.5 million). It’s a different story for the Big G overseas, though, where it’s stomped to $213.7 million, bringing its worldwide total to $292 million.

Rocketman, the R-rated Elton John biopic starring Taron Egerton, continues to perform admirably, fighting its way on Saturday night to another $14 million. In its second weekend, the film landed above Ma, the Octavia Spencer-starring horror-thriller from Universal and Blumhouse, which earned $7.8 million.

And hey, Avengers: Endgame is still out here trying to maybe, possibly become the highest-earning movie of all time over Avatar‘s $2.788 billion. In Endgame‘s seventh weekend in theaters, it notched another $9 million worldwide, bringing the global total to $2.731 million.

Check out the weekend’s top 10 estimates below, and be back here next week to see if Men In Black: International stays on Earth or leaves the stratosphere. (Numbers via Box Office Mojo)

Rank Title Weekend Total
1. The Secret Life of Pets 2      $47,110,000 $48,035,000
2. Dark Phoenix  $33,000,000 $33,000,000
3. Aladdin   $24,500,000 $232,385,926
4. Godzilla: King of the Monsters $15,540,000 $78,597,097
5. Rocketman $14,000,000 $50,498,756
6. Ma  $7,820,000 $32,768,075
7. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum  $7,400,000 $138,662,998
8. Avengers: Endgame       $4,800,000 $824,365,940
9. Pokemon Detectice Pikachu $2,980,000 $137,401,719
10. Booksmart          $1,577,259 $17,814,672

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