X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the last film in the nearly two decade-long superhero franchise, kicked off its opening weekend with $5 million in ticket sales on Thursday night.
That preview number is respectable, coming in on the lower end of Thursday night earnings for summer 2019’s other tentpole releases like John Wick 3 ($6 million) and Detective Pikachu ($5.7 million). However, Dark Phoenix’s Thursday ticket sales failed to rise to the level of the earnings of the other X-Men installments, like 2016’s Apocalypse ($8.2 million) and 2014’s Days of Future Past ($8.1 million).
Illumination and Universal’s The Secret Life of Pets 2 dug up $2.3 million from 3,250 theaters in Thursday night screenings, before expanding this weekend onto 4,561 screens.
The respectable preview numbers are comparable with other recent Illumination release, Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch, which earned $2.2 million on its Thursday night release and would go on to bow to $67.5 million.