Dark Phoenix failed to rise at the North American box office, where the superhero installment was beat-out by animated offering The Secret Life of Pets 2. Overall, it wasn’t a high-earning weekend at the nationwide box office, the specialty box office proved lucrative for Mindy Kaling’s Late Night.
Universal and Illumination’s animated family film earned $47.1 million in North America on 4,561 screens. Pets 2 earned a middling response from critics, with a 54 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but fared better with audiences, earning an A- CinemaScore. 40 percent of Pets‘ audience was under 17 years old, while 62 percent was female.
Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford, Jenny Slate and Patton Oswalt voice star as a menagerie of family pets that get into various types of mischief while their owners are away.
Pets 2 is the tenth team-up for animation studio Illumination and Universal, with an opening weekend that lands in the lower end of those titles that includes Hop ($37.5 million), Sing ($54.9 million) and, most recent release, Dr. Suess’ The Grinch ($67.5 million). While The Secret Life of Pets 2 debuted far below the 2016 original’s massive $104.3 million, that pic was a box office anomaly and still holds the record for the highest-grossing opening ever for an original film. (The movie went on to take in $875.4 million at the global box office.)
Dark Phoenix bombed with $33 million in stateside ticket sale on 3,721 screens, becoming the lowest earning opening for an X-Men film, ever.