Published: Mon, June 10, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Evolution ends. 12 Days of X-Men Day 12: Dark Phoenix (2019)

Evolution ends. 12 Days of X-Men Day 12: Dark Phoenix (2019)

Universal and Illumination's "The Secret Life of Pets 2" nabbed first place at the North American box office with 47.1 million USA dollars this weekend. But the film, which features the voice work of comedians Patton Oswalt and Kevin Hart, fell short of the $50 million that analysts expected.

Internationally, the sequel added $16 million this weekend and has grossed $49 million, for a worldwide total of $97 million so far.

In second place was "Dark Phoenix", the latest X-Men film from 20th Century Fox. Although enough for a No. 1 start, it's also less than half what the first film opened to in 2016.

Directed by Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix received a B- CinemaScore and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain.

Welcome back to 12 Days of X-Men! The previous installment, X-Men: Apocalypse, debuted over Memorial Day in 2016 and brought in $65.8 million for the Friday-to-Sunday portion.

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To nobody's surprise, X-Men: Dark Phoenix is shaping up to be a complete box office failure.

Lauren Shuler Donner, the wife of Superman director Richard Donner, is listed on the aforementioned three movies as a producer on IMDb, but we see that apparently, it is in name only. It had earned $91.3 million (RMB633 million) in the country as of early Monday evening since its May 10 debut, but the Maoyan platform predicts it will bring just another $649,000 by the end of its two-month run.

Box office holdover "Godzilla: King of Monsters" stood fourth with 15.5 million dollars. It went on to earn $368.4 million in North America.

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And in fifth was Paramount's Rocketman, the biopic about singer Elton John, at US$14 million.

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