Men and ‘Secret Life of Pets’ underperform at a gloomy box office

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Universal's "The Secret Life of Pets 2" opened as the top film in USA and Canadian theaters over the weekend, beating a poorly reviewed finale to the X-Men series. But the film, which features the voice work of comedians Patton Oswalt and Kevin Hart, fell short of the $50 million that analysts expected. Dark Phoenix grossed around $US 107 million outside of the United States, putting its worldwide opening weekend gross at $US 140 million. But despite winning this week's box office battle, Pets 2 earned less than half of the $104.3 million that its 2016 predecessor earned, Forbes reported.

"Dark Phoenix" brought in $140 million worldwide.

It's a shame, to be sure, but let's not forget that the X-Men will eventually be integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Dark Phoenix sold US$33 million in tickets, the worst performance in the X-Man franchise's 20-year history and "well below expectations", according to Variety.


The final installment in the X-Men film franchise seemed poised for success in a year of record box-office takings with female leads.

Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for Comscore noted even with the lackluster North American debut and reception, that internationally Dark Phoenix was No. 1 with 107 million dollars from 53 territories including China. Before opening, director Simon Kinberg revealed that Mystique, played by Jennifer Lawrence, would die in the film. "While the film didn't open the way we wanted, we think the legacy of the X-Men series is important and it's more important than how one film opens". Globally it has earned 604.9 million dollars to date.

On Monday, "Pokemon: Detective Pikachu" was ranked eighth at the box office, behind Indian drama "Kaabil" and a Japanese animated film about the popular Doraemon character.

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

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