Excelsior true believers! In spite of being a film that was plagued with all sorts of issues during the development process that made it seem like Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot was doomed to fail it is heavily anticipated that it will in fact lead this weekend’s domestic box office.
Fantastic Four is expected to gross between $40 million and $50 million for this upcoming three day weekend. It will be doubling the amount that has been made in the second week of Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation, which has been expected to roughly generate about $25 million, according to Deadline.
Deadline has said that the film is doing much better than Marvel’s Ant-Man, which had opened with a big a $57 million, although this rough estimate doesn’t support that. It is strongly possible that they expect the CinemaScore to suffer and word of mouth not to be as strong as the well-received Ant-Man.
This can be perceived as a very shocking turn of events in light of all the recent negativity surrounding the reboot. It has already begun to receive very negative reviews from sites like Rotten Tomatoes which gave it a 20%. However, these critics do not always have validity in certain areas where decent films like Man of Steel and The Incredible Hulk an unfair rating when they performed at the same level as Ant-Man which had practically made the same as The Incredible Hulk. Viewer reception has been relatively higher and for the most part it is positive. Instances such as this require more than just listening to critics. Fans and moviegoers alike have to go out and see it for themselves. They can’t go in looking for a way to hate it.
Shaun the Sheep, The Gift and Ricki and The Flash will all be opening this week and they will be opening with what is said to be between $7 million and $10 million. Several sources are saying that Ant-Man will be standing in the middle of that group.