“Dark Phoenix” is officially the lowest-grossing X-Men movie ever
Based on Marvel comics written by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, “X-Men” series has been released since 2000 with a veteran cast such as Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Patrick Stewart as Professor X and Ian McKellen as Magneto. The film proved it was a success with sales of $ 296 million at the worldwide box offices.
After the success of the first film, 20th Century Fox decided to do the whole series with a total of 12 films including Wolverine's own three films and two anti-hero films about Deadpool. Over the years there have been many changes in this series, including a 2011 remake with "X-Men: First Class" to unveil new cast for the main characters.
In 2019, X-Men returned once again with "Dark Phoenix", which is intended to bring a heroine to a series of episodes. Disney has taken over the series and is likely to include X-Men in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which could help Wolverine and Deadpool pair with other Marvel characters.
However, it was a pity for X-Men that "Dark Phoenix" proved the opposite because the film was not as successful as expected after being granted a franchise for Disney. According to data from Box Office Mojo, "Dark Phoenix" has now stopped in box offices and became the lowest-grossing X-Men film ever.
The domestic revenue of "Dark Phoenix" was only $ 65 million, less than half of the previous film titled “The Wolverine” (2013). "Dark Phoenix" also ranked at the end of the worldwide sales list with only $ 252 million, even lower than the first X-Men movie in theaters in 2000.
So far, the two biggest-grossing films are "Deadpool" and "Deadpool 2", of course, these two films are not in the X-Men's main plot. The film in the main plot earned the highest-grossing "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (2014) with sales of $ 747 million worldwide. However, after this milestone, the X-Men lost its profits at the box office, "X-Men: Apocalypse" (2016) only reached $ 543 million.
After "Dark Phoenix" hit the bottom with sales of only $ 252 million, Disney blamed the film for causing a $ 170 million loss in the third quarter.
With the failed launch of "Dark Phoenix", it is fair to say that the X-Men will be hard to make a name for Disney in the future. Disney can choose the least risky path to bring the X-Men franchise back to Disney + online movie platform and they can also pick a few characters and put them into MCU. However, the saddest thing is that fans will probably no longer see these mutants on the big screen for at least a few years.
By: Olivia Swift