Dark Phoenix, one of the most beloved storylines in the X-Men comic books, nonetheless debuted to a record low for the franchise this weekend.
The full weekend numbers and global total don't make for much kinder reading, either - as of Sunday night, Dark Phoenix is estimated to have taken in $33 million at home and $107 million elsewhere for a grand total of $140 million worldwide.
Even with its No. 1 showing, "Secret Life of Pets 2" trailed the $104 million opening for its 2016 predecessor, which had the best debut ever for an original animated film.
This movie was supposed to be the start of a new trilogy and would be followed by something new and different in the shape of New Mutants, but then everything changed and Dark Phoenix has ended up being something of a disaster. X-Men United, Deadpool and Deadpool 2.
Also starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, and Jessica Chastain, it's out now across the UK. "We're trying to keep it in perspective".
"In the worldwide marketplace, it seems like the spectacle and the brand wins out", Dergarabedian said. After Booksmart failed to make a major dent going wide out of the gates, Amazon Studios opened its Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson comedy Late Night in four theaters, where it earned a healthy 249,654 dollars this weekend, before expanding nationwide next week.
Disney's "Aladdin" landed in third place on box office charts with $24 million, pushing its domestic grosses to $232 million. Globally it has earned 604.9 million dollars to date.
Box office holdover "Godzilla: King of Monsters" stood fourth with 15.5 million dollars.
And the acclaimed Elton John biopic Rocketman, from Paramount Pictures, rounded out the top five with 14 million dollars.
Also, overall the box office is healthy. The year is now down 5.9%.
The sequel brought in $47.1 million, according to an email Sunday from research firm Comscore Inc.