The HSX Blog

Whisper Numbers: Fantastic Four to flame on or flame out?

Ten years after the Marvel's superhero team Fantastic Four first appeared on the big screen, the franchise has been rebooted with another Fantastic Four [FANT4]. The 2005 original debuted with $56.1 million, which its 2007 sequel Rise of the Silver Surfer topped with $58.1 million. While semi-successful at the box office, these two films were not beloved by moviegoers. Fox decided to go younger with an all-new cast, and a darker tone akin to director Josh Trank’s first film Chronicle. Unfortunately, the PG-13 rated film has had a troubled production and littered with bad press. Some comic fans also objected to the cast of Michael B. Jordan [MJORD] as Johnny Storm. While Jordan, Miles Teller [MTELL] and Kate Mara [KMAR] are rising stars, none have established box office draw. Tepid reviews from critics have only reinforced those already predisposed to hate the film. There’s also no news of breakout the advance ticket sales front. Arriving in 3995 theaters, Fantastic Four may bank $42 million.

After its solid opening, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation [MISS5] should continue to light the box office with its excellent word of mouth. The sequel could near a 50% drop-off with another $28 million.

Jason Bateman [JBATE] and Joel Edgerton [JEDGE] star in the R-rated thriller The Gift [WERDO], the inaugural release from STX Entertainment.  The buzz is not strong due to a muddled marketing campaign, but the favorable reviews could sway some adults to check it out. Opening in 2470 theaters, The Gift could unwrap $8 million.

Sony targets older women with Ricki and the Flash [RICFL] starring Meryl Streep [MSTRE] and her daughter Mamie Gummer [MGUMM]. The PG-13 rated drama appears too light to generate any genuine excitement. Playing in 1603 theaters, Ricki and the Flash could rock out $7 million.

Vacation [VACTN] couldn’t recapture the magic of the original. The sequel looks to tumble more than 50% in its second trip to $6.5 million.

After opening around the world, Shaun the Sheep [SHEEP] finally lands stateside from Lionsgate. The PG-rated film hopes to attract families with young children as well as adult fans of Aardman’s stop-motion animation. Shaun the Sheep grossed $0.85 million on Wednesday and may earn just $4 million over the weekend from 2202 locations.

After 3 weeks of limited release, Irrational Man [IRATM] expands wide into 925 theaters. Lacking critical acclaim, the latest dramedy from Woody Allen [WALLE] may tally just $2 million.

That’s the whisper from the virtual trading floor.


View more Blog posts »

By Box Office Whisperer on Thursday, August 6, 2015 @ 03:49 PM 4858 views

Recent Comments

Sunday, August 9 at 22:43 PM Pacific


@HSXMOVIES on Twitter

Follow HSX on Twitter!

Trailer for The Violent Heart https://t.co/cB1xyafpV9       Dennis Quaid, Virginia Madsen and more join American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story        Josh Duhamel to star in Shotgun Wedding with Jennifer Lopez       Sony Pictures Classics acquires 12 Mighty Orphans starring Luke Wilson       First trailer for Boss Level starring Frank Grillo and Mel Gibson https://t.co/sm0lL25Hc2       Wonka, the prequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, will open in theaters on March 17, 2023 #Wonka       Alisha Boe joins When You Finish Saving the World        First trailer for Boogie written and directed by Eddie Huang https://t.co/S2wv8DmBVX       First Look teaser for #GodzillavsKong in theaters and on HBO Max on March 26 https://t.co/cV2noBCAPe       Matt Damon will be joining Thor: Love and Thunder       
Top Gun: Maverick (TOPG2) 1 133.66 (-1.21)         Top Gun: Maverick (TOPG2) 150000 133.66 (-1.21)         The Color Purple (TCPRP) 10000 25.11 (-1.20)         Wonka (WONKA) 5000 32.99 (-0.99)         Blade (BLAD1) 1800 84.28 (-0.96)         Being the Ricardos aka Lucy and (LUCIL) 5000 5.02 (-0.46)         The Statistical Probability of L (SPLFS) 15000 5.57 (-0.43)         Gold (GOLD1) 100000 4.82 (-0.23)         Mortal Kombat (MK3) 10 18.42 (+0.14)         Gold (GOLD1) 19999 4.82 (-0.23)         The Marksman (TMINM) 28000 8.35 (-0.21)         After Ever Happy (AFTR4) 149999 4.76 (+0.12)         After Ever Happy (AFTR4) 115000 4.76 (+0.12)         Judas And The Black Messiah (JWMHB) 150000 11.28 (+0.32)         The Little Mermaid - Disney (TLMER) 5 213.64 (+0.17)         12 Mighty Orphans (12MOR) 110000 3.67 (+0.51)         12 Mighty Orphans (12MOR) 30000 3.67 (+0.51)         Spider-Man: Homecoming 3 (SPID8) 100 283.33 (+1.18)         Patty Jenkins (PJENK) 10 81.16 (+1.08)         American Underdog: The Kurt Warn (AUKWS) 10000 28.04 (+1.43)         Spirit Untamed aka Spirit Riding (SPRDF) 10000 26.18 (+1.56)         Judas And The Black Messiah (JWMHB) 150000 11.28 (+0.32)         Last Call (LCALL) 10 1.84 (+0.37)         American Underdog: The Kurt Warn (AUKWS) 150000 28.04 (+1.43)         Lightyear (LITYR) 150000 128.55 (+0.57)         The Color Purple (TCPRP) 5 25.11 (-1.20)         American Underdog: The Kurt Warn (AUKWS) 150000 28.04 (+1.43)         Adam Sandler (ASAND) 5 107.13 (0.00)         Sesame Street (SESAM) 50000 33.19 (+0.05)         Scarface (SCARF) 50000 14.81 (+0.02)         Spiral aka Saw 9 (SAW9) 100000 34.54 (-0.14)         Spiral aka Saw 9 (SAW9) 137688 34.54 (-0.14)         Wonka (WONKA) 150000 32.99 (-0.99)         Minions: The Rise of Gru (MNIO2) 150000 164.81 (+0.81)         Record: CIRCLES - Post Malone (G20RPM) 1000 3.88 (-0.01)         The Color Purple (TCPRP) 150000 25.11 (-1.20)         CBS: B Positive (BPOSTV) 1000 13.87 (+0.07)         Judas And The Black Messiah (JWMHB) 150000 11.28 (+0.32)         12 Mighty Orphans (12MOR) 150000 3.67 (+0.51)         Spirit Untamed aka Spirit Riding (SPRDF) 150000 26.18 (+1.56)         The Statistical Probability of L (SPLFS) 1000 5.57 (-0.43)         Being the Ricardos aka Lucy and (LUCIL) 99996 5.02 (-0.46)         Being the Ricardos aka Lucy and (LUCIL) 150000 5.02 (-0.46)         The Statistical Probability of L (SPLFS) 99996 5.57 (-0.43)         The Walking Dead (WDEAD) 99996 19.85 (-0.81)         Spellbound (SPLBN) 145251 17.20 (+0.02)         Judas And The Black Messiah (JWMHB) 150000 11.28 (+0.32)         12 Mighty Orphans (12MOR) 150000 3.67 (+0.51)         Spirit Untamed aka Spirit Riding (SPRDF) 150000 26.18 (+1.56)         Luck (LUCK) 150000 19.06 (+0.07)