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True believers already know why Fantastic Four was one of this year's biggest bombs. And it all has to do with the magical, mystical powers of Marvel mascot Stan Lee, the man responsible for creating a huge portion of this universe. As it was being released, 20th Century Fox and director Josh Trank did a lot of finger pointing, placing the failure on a great number of things, including each other. Everyone involved took a beating in the press the weeks following Fantastic Four's release this past August. And it's believed that something dubious happened behind-the-scenes that wrecked any chances of franchise glory. But Stan 'The Man' Lee has a much simpler reason why the movie failed.
Fantastic Four is the gift which keeps on giving for fans of trainwrecks, as the reboot had a horrendous third weekend at the North American box office. Losing nearly 1500 theaters, the movie grossed a paltry $3.6 million, making no real impact on the Top 10 (where Straight Outta Compton continues to dominate). It now has a total of $49 million, meaning that after 17 days of release, it still hasn't made as much as both Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer did on their respective opening weekends in 2005 and 2007 which is embarrassing. It's not faring much better overseas either as it grossed just $16 million this weekend, for a total of $60 million. It's hard to imagine Fox going anywhere near this franchise again after this performance, even with a new director! Regardless, Fantastic Four isn't Fox's only flop this weekend. Hitman: Agent 47 earned »
Universal is estimating that Straight Outta Compton made $56M in 2,757 theaters, a remarkable $20,345 per screen average. Compton easily bested the other wide release, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which is under-performing with an estimated $13.5M. The Top 12, at $133.6M, is up 4% from last year when The Expendables 3 shocked many by opening in 4th place with $15.9M, beaten not only by holdovers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy but by the other newcomer to the schedule, Let's Be Cops, which opened to $17.8M. If Compton ends up with actuals of $56M that would make it the sixth best August opening of all time, coming in ahead of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes with $54M but behind Signs with $60M in 2002. The well-reviewed bio-pic of the rap group N.W.A., was produced, along with others, by original band members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, as well as by their director, »
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UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 7th August to Sunday 9th August 2015…
It may have failed to dethrone Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation in the States, but 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four has had a modicum of good new here in the UK, with the reboot shaking off bad reviews to claim top spot with an opening weekend of £2,686,176.
Despite taking first place, the film failed to match its predecessors, with 2005’s Fantastic Four opening with £3.5 million, and 2007’s Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer debuting to £4.1 million.
In addition to Fantastic Four, Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut The Gift also cracked the top ten, opening in fifth place with £584,552, while documentary Amy reentered the chart in its sixth week on its way to becoming the highest-grossing British documentary of all time.
Number one this time last year: The Inbetweeners 2
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- Gary Collinson
Eight years after the disappointing release of Tim Story.s Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, the Fantastic Four franchise has once again found itself facing big trouble and big question marks. Josh Trank.s new film arrived in theaters this past weekend with a thud, as it was disliked by both critics and audiences, and wound up making only $26.2 million in its opening frame. This has led many to wonder what.s in store for the future of Marvel.s First Family, and the reality is that there are actually four options for them to consider at this point. So what are these choices? We.ve conveniently laid them all out below, along with their individual pros and cons. Read on, as we paint some pictures of what the future of the Fantastic Four should look like. Proceed With A Direct Sequel As Planned Pro: Whether it was »
20th Century Fox’s “Fantastic Four” opened in theatres this weekend and was, on the whole a decided critical, box office, and audience miss. So much so that we asked ourselves: Is the oft-reviled 2007 “Fantastic 4” sequel “Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer” in many ways a better movie than 2015’s “Fantastic Four”? Check out the video above for our thoughts on the matter. In brief… Roth Says: I don’t think any of us imagined that we’d be having this conversation even just a few months ago. Yet, here we are. We don’t want to pile on “Fantastic Four”, but look at this question as an opportunity to explore what the – inevitable – next version can learn from both the 2015 reboot and “Silver Surfer.” There are valuable elements of “Fantastic Four” that are of great value: a talented cast, some strong effects (some less so), an interesting open. »
- Roth Cornet, Donna Dickens
It was predicted on Friday, and now it’s official: 20th Century Fox’s reboot of Fantastic Four has been clobbered at the North American box office, pulling in just $26.2 million on its debut weekend to place second behind Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation on $29.4 million.
Struggling against horrendous reviews [read ours here and here] and word of mouth, the $120 million-budgeted Fantastic Four’s opening is the lowest for a Marvel branded movie since 2012’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance ($22 million), and the eighth-lowest ever after Blade ($17 million), Blade: Trinity ($16 million), The Punisher ($13.8 million), Elektra ($12.8 million), Howard the Duck ($5 million) and Punisher: War Zone ($4.3 million).
- Gary Collinson
The opening day numbers are in, and there is no way around it. Fantastic Four is a bomb. It flopped big on it's opening day, pulling in $11.3 million. This does not bode well for 20th Century Fox. And now the sequel is in question. Even though the studio already issued a June 2017 release date for The Fantastic Four 2, a mighty big miracle is going to have to happen for things to move forward with this same cast.
That said, Fantastic Four still has a chance to take the #1 spot at the box office this weekend, racing last week's winner Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation to the finish line. Right now, the race is still too early to call. Friday's tally was down from last year at this time, with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pulling in $25.6 million in its opening day. It is unclear if bad word of mouth ruined Fantastic Four's chances for box office glory, »
'Fantastic Four' 2015 with Miles Teller, Kate Mara, The Thing (Jamie Bell) and Michael B. Jordan. 'Fantastic Four' 2015 box office: A costly domestic flop in the making? Fantastic Four 2015, a 20th Century Fox release “in association with Marvel Entertainment,” is about to become the biggest big-budget superhero(es) dud at the domestic office since at least The Green Hornet (not to be confused with the equally underwhelming Green Lantern) four years ago. Directed by Josh Trank, who dissed the film's final edit on Twitter (see more details below), Fantastic Four stars Kate Mara (Sue Storm / The Invisible Woman), Miles Teller (Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm / The Human Torch), and Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm / The Thing). A while back, Fantastic Four became the subject of ardent arguments because of Michael B. Jordan's ethnicity: unlike the Fruitvale Station actor, the comic books' Johnny Storm is white. »
- Zac Gille
The Fantastic Four and the big screen haven’t really seen eye to eye. First there was the unreleased movie from 1994, really only made so Constatin Films could hold onto the copyright. 2005 saw another stab at Marvel’s First Family actually make it to the big screen, and despite a deserved critical panning, it was box office success, and two years later, along came Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. With director Tim Story sticking with the simple, kid friendly schtick that found an audience first time round, it again received a drubbing from the critics, and Foxput on their thinking caps on how to approach the super team’s big screen adventures. Which brings us to Josh Trank’s reboot, which couldn’t be further away from Story’s goofy, juvenile vision. But does it buck the trend of Fantastic Four movies so far? The answer, as you »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Forecast Update: Making a breathtakingly bad $2,829 per screen, Fox's Fantastic Four made $11.3M on Friday (with Thursday screenings added). Unless the wheels fall completely off the vehicle that should put Fantastic on the road to a $27M weekend. The only consolation at this point is international (reports still to come in) and that the reboot did better than Pixels ($24M its opening weekend). That also opens the door, wide, for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation to come in first place. The Gift is doing better than expected, making $4.12M in Friday totals (with only $585K of that from Thursday), placing it in the $10M range. That's better than The Box (which, for some reason, is the first movie we think of in association with this) which made $7.5M in 2009 ($8M adjusted to 2015 prices). Ricki and the Flash made $2.2M and looks to finish the weekend with $7.2M. That's half of the take of Hope Springs, »
- Keith Simanton <email@example.com>
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this whimsical Wednesday? The original Fantastic Four gets an honest trailer, The Lion King animator pays tribute to Cecil the Lion and District 9 gets the 8-Bit Cinema treatment. But first, Chinese fans claim Beijing's Olympic song rips off Frozen's "Let It Go" and a Star Wars fan takes Conan to task. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Fantastic Four Honest Trailer
Screen Junkies is at it again with another Honest Trailer, skewering the 2005 Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, just days before the Fantastic Four reboot hits theaters. The Honest Trailers trailer voice guy, Jon Bailey, delightfully skewers the several lame aspects of these superhero adventures, »
When movie rights are at stake, no expense will be spared to create an utterly subpar final result. Before you head to theaters to see Fox’s latest attempt to keep the Fantastic Four out of Marvel’s clutches, take a look back at their previous attempts. Honest Trailers couldn’t even be bothered to make Two trailers for “Fantastic Four” and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.” That should tell you something. »
- Donna Dickens
Just in time for the latest big screen attempt at a Fantastic Four movie, Screen Junkies wants to remind us of the fail train that was the 2005 version and it's "crappy" sequel. "At a time when comic book movies began to show how good they can be, two films will remind us how badly they can suck." As the voiceover guy points out, a great Fantastic Four movie is totally possible: It's called The Incredibles, and it's perfect. However Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) stand to remind us that not all big budget superhero flicks are guaranteed winners. Evil space cloud villains, super-boring settings, and stilted dialogue don't do »
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movies Takedown of the Day: In honor of the new Fantastic Four reboot, Honest Trailers clobbers the previous the 2005 version plus its sequel, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer: Supercut of the Day: With a new comic book movie out this Friday, check out this new supercut of all the 2015 and 2016 superhero movies -- that we have trailers for, that is (via Live for Films):...
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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movies Takedown of the Day: In honor of the new Fantastic Four reboot, Honest Trailers clobbers the previous the 2005 version plus its sequel, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer: Supercut of the Day: With a new comic book movie out this Friday, check out this new supercut of all the 2015 and 2016 superhero movies -- that we have trailers for, that is (via Live for Films): Mockumentary of the Day: Here's a fake documentary treating the Battle of New York from The Avengers like it's a real moment in history (via Geek Tyrant): Movie-Themed Memorial of the Day: Disney's Aaron Blaise, who was a supervising animator on The Lion King before...
- Christopher Campbell
We are only two days away from Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot dropping into theaters. So now's a good time to remind ourselves of just why we're watching yet another version of the origin story leading to their team up. If you can stomach it, relive the horror of the previous two films below. Thanks to the brave souls at Screen Junkies, we now have an Honest Trailer for not just the 2005 variant of the origin, but also its 2007 sequel of suckitude, Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer. A pair of films so bad, Fox doesn't want you to see them before the new version hits theaters, the Fantastic Four films are artifacts of a different era of superhero movies. From a time when Marvel Comics threw caution (and the rights to their most profitable super heroes) to the wind, Tim Story was given the unenviable task of »
Man, I remember being so much more forgiving toward comic book movies back in 2005, and by forgiving I mean really forgiving, not to mention an extremely poor writer. "So you think you're a good writer now do yahc" Shut Up Mom! Since then I've felt beaten down and now, and I'm not above admitting I may be a little too harsh on superhero movies, but I will say I am nothing but honest when it comes to my reviews, and do my best to paint a picture of exactly where I'm coming from. Even if that means enduring the wrath of those that are still on board the superhero steamer. That said, I gave Tim Story's Fantastic Four (2005) a "B-" (yes, ugh, shut up!), and it only makes me wonder what I would give it today. It seems I wasn't the one to review Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer »
- Brad Brevet
Since before the cameras even started rolling, the majority of fans have been a) convinced that Fantastic Four would be terrible, and b) hoping it would fail to the rights revert to Marvel Studios (though seeing as Fox held onto the rights for eight years after Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, why they think that would happen is hard to say...Fox might just try yet another reboot). Based on the reactions from a recent early screening of the reboot, it appears as if all the doubters have been proved wrong, as people seem to love it. It's worth bearing in mind that these may only be as positive as this because they were happy to be treated to seeing Fantastic Four early and getting free popcorn and a drink, but they genuinely appear to really like it! UK cinema chain Cineworld are also screening the movie tomorrow, »
Jessica Alba’s billion-dollar Honest Company is under fire for potentially defective sunscreen, with charbroiled customers complaining online that its Spf 30 lotion is lifeless, generic and unnecessary. Wait, sorry, those were reviews for “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.” The company responded to its victims as you would expect any outfit named “Honest” to do: it blamed the product’s third-party tester and said no further action would be taken. Whether the sunscreen is “safe and effective” as Honest says, should you be slathering your children in sun protection from the star of “Honey?” Watch the latest Wrap Trends and decide for. »
- Wrap Staff
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