The debut of “Darkish Phoenix” has been characterised by blended evaluations and a disastrous field workplace, with the most recent movie within the “X-Males” franchise bringing in a meagre $33 million on the home field workplace in its opening weekend.
Not solely is that this a brand new low for an “X-Males” movie, it additionally marks the primary time one of many franchise’s motion pictures didn’t open at #1 on the home field workplace (issues have been a bit higher abroad, the place “Darkish Phoenix” took the highest spot on the worldwide field workplace with $107 million, combining for a worldwide complete of $140 million).
Given the movie’s reported $200 million price range, nonetheless, phrases like “bomb” and “flop” are being tossed round, and the film’s director is taking full accountability for the field workplace failure.
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“I’m right here, I’m saying when a film doesn’t work, put it on me,” “Darkish Phoenix” director Simon Kinberg tells KCRW’s “The Enterprise”.
”I’m the writer-director,” he continues, “the film didn’t join with audiences, that’s on me.”
That being stated, Kinberg insists he had no regrets in regards to the movie he made. “I truly actually just like the film, [and] I had an incredible time making the film,” he says.
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Whereas some have blamed such components as altering launch dates and company turmoil because the film’s studio, Fox, merged with Disney, Kinberg doesn’t wish to add to the hypothesis.
“I imply actually, there’s no technique to know,” he provides. “And that’s the factor that I feel can drive individuals loopy and maintain them up and be excited about a film’s failure years later. If the lesson you’ve discovered is that you simply had the fallacious date otherwise you didn’t have good advertising — that’s not a lesson.”