But the film, which features the voice work of comedians Patton Oswalt and Kevin Hart, fell short of the $50 million that analysts expected.
With a huge $200 million price tag, "Dark Phoenix" presents a much tougher path to profitability. The film was originally due out November 2, 2018, before it was pushed back to February 14, 2019.
Dark Phoenix has also been met with almost universally negative reviews now sitting at 22% on Rotten Tomatoes and has a sore of 43 on Metacritic. The movie is the last of the Fox X-Men movies, as Marvel Studios will now be able to decide what to do with the comic books franchise.
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. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all.
"Pets 2" beats "Dark Phoenix", the final entry in the "X-Men" series, which misfired with a disappointing 33 million dollars in stateside ticket sale on 3,721 screens, marking the worst debut in the franchise's 20-year history.
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.
Dark Phoenix is now playing.
Currently, the worst opening for the franchise is 2013's The Wolverine which took in $53 million closely followed by X-Men: First Class, at $55 million in 2011however both of those films were met with mainly positive reviews and helped breathe new life into the franchise which had stagnated slightly. Still, Fox-Disney, who produced the film, should be a little bit anxious. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the X-Men.