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June gloom has officially spread to the U.S. box office.
According to Friday’s grosses, this weekend’s two biggest releases – “The Secret Life of Pets 2” and “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” – are debuting well short of expectations, but it’s “Dark Phoenix” that’s flaming out the worst.
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Disney-Fox’s latest installment in the X-Men franchise is on track for a dismal $34 million opening after collecting just $14 million on Friday, which would make it the worst debut ever for an X-Men movie (“The Wolverine” debuted to $53 million in 2013).
Still, the Simon Kinberg-directed “Phoenix” has yet to bow internationally, where the franchise has excelled in the past, but it will need some heroics to make up for its $200 million price tag. “Dark Phoenix,” the seventh and final film in the main “X-Men” storyline, stars Sophie Turner, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, and is currently playing in 3,721 locations.
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