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To really put things into perspective, though, even Fifty Shades Darker amassed more money globally opening weekend - $US 144 million - than Dark Phoenix.

"Dark Phoenix", which was acquired by Walt Disney Co.in its takeover of Fox's entertainment business earlier this year, opened in second place with $33 million. "I love Dazzler. And also, if you remember the Dark Phoenix storyline, she's obviously a part of the Dark Phoenix Saga as told in the original comic", he told CBR.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix should have felt like an event, the final installment in a series that's been around since 2000.

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Against a budget of US$200 million (NZ$300.9m), Dark Phoenix bombed with a US$33m (NZ$49.6m) intake at the United States box office over the weekend, according to Variety.

The movie finds Sophie Turner as Jean Grey (widely praised for her performance by critics) going rogue, becoming the Dark Phoenix and threatening the future of the universe.

Even though Dark Phoenix is the worst reviewed film of the X-Men franchise - it has a 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes - its predecessor wasn't exactly beloved. X-Men United, Deadpool and Deadpool 2. James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence return as Professor Charles Xavier and Raven. However, THR reports Dark Phoenix was not created to be a summer movie and the move to a June 2019 release date, the second shift after the film was initially scheduled November 2, 2018, and then February 14 of this year, was prompted by a request from Alita: Battle Angel producer James Cameron. "While the film didn't open the way we wanted, we think the legacy of the X-Men series is important and it's more important than how one film opens".

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Internationally, Dark Phoenix fared better, opening to US$107m, bringing its global debut to $140m. Marvel and Sony's "Spider-Man: Far From Home" and Disney's "The Lion King" will debut next month.

And the acclaimed Elton John biopic Rocketman, from Paramount Pictures, rounded out the top five with 14 million dollars.

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