Fox reports this morning that the Fantastic Four reboot grossed $11.3 million in first place on its opening day Friday, including Thursday night's $2.7 million from early shows. That's a hugely disappointing start for the third attempt to bring the respected comic book property to the big screen, falling 49 percent short of Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer's $21.99 million first day in 2007 (the first film bowed to a similar $21.3 million opening day in 2005). Moreover, it marks one of the ten weakest opening days ever for a Marvel-based adaptation (of which there are nearly 40, if you can believe it) -- and the lowest since 2012's Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance ($6.94 million).
Despite tracking fairly well in recent weeks, the reboot's toxic reviews are certainly having an effect on the opening. Rotten Tomatoes critics' have given it just 9 percent as of Saturday morning, while audiences themselves have given it a sour 28 percent score so far. For the record, that's an abnormally low score after a high profile film's single day of release, and is the second lowest of any movie since we began tracking Saturday morning scores in 2013 (Devil's Due claimed 21 percent).
Needless to say, Fantastic Four will not have a long lifespan in theaters, and we're confident the negative buzz will impact the rest of the weekend itself (not unlike 2011's poorly received Green Lantern, which dropped 22 percent from Friday to Saturday). BoxOffice is projecting an opening frame around $27 million, putting the flick in second place.
The film we project will end up ahead of Fantastic Four for the weekend is Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, which earned an estimated $8.165 million in second place yesterday. That's down about 60 percent from opening day last week, comparable to the 58.5 percent Friday-to-Friday drop of August 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Rogue Nation's eight-day domestic total stands at $87.4 million, putting it 2 percent ahead of the pace of the Apes reboot and 29 percent ahead of 2006's Mission: Impossible III. BoxOffice projects a strong $28 million sophomore frame.
Debuting in third place yesterday was STX Entertainment's The Gift with an excellent $4.1 million. The thriller from writer/director/actor Joel Edgerton is riding a wave of fantastic reviews (92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and encouraging early word of mouth (85 percent on Flixster). All the more impressive for the sleeper title is its $5 million production budget, which will easily be made back this weekend. The studio notes that 53 percent of the audience was female and 73 percent over the age of 25. Look for an opening weekend around $10.6 million.
Vacation claimed fourth on Friday with another $2.655 million, down 41 percent from last Friday. With $30.84 million in the bank so far, the franchise revival pic seems to be leveling out somewhat. BoxOffice projects an $8.8 million sophomore weekend.
Ant-Man completed the top five with $2.256 million yesterday, down 39 percent from last Friday and bringing its haul up to $141.9 million. BoxOffice projects a $7.9 million weekend.
Just behind in sixth place was the debut of Ricki and the Flash with $2.25 million. The Meryl Streep-led dramedy's debut was in line with the Wednesday opening figure of $2.27 million by the actress' August 2012 release, Hope Springs. The studio notes the pic received a "B+" CinemaScore from the core female demo, and a "B" overall. Critics are mixed on the film (59 percent), as are Flixster users (56 percent). The production budget was $18 million, and the film expands to over 2,000 theaters next weekend. The studio projects a $7.2 million opening frame.
Meanwhile, Shaun the Sheep added $1.22 million yesterday, giving it a three-day total of $2.79 million. Despite excellent reviews (99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and considerable success with overseas crowds, the clay-mation release unfortunately isn't find a large audience domestically. Look for a weekend around $4 million, giving it an overall five-day bow of $6.8 million.