Rebecca Rubin, provided by Published 9:45 am CDT, Monday, June 10, 2019 >> See the biggest box office flops of all time >> See the biggest box office flops of all time Photo: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox Photo: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox Image 1 of / 39 Caption Close Image 1 of 39 >> See the biggest box office flops of all time >> See the biggest box office flops of all time Photo: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox After ‘Dark Phoenix’ bombs, where does ‘X-Men’ go from here? 1 / 39 Back to Gallery When Disney announced its $71.3 billion acquisition of 20th Century Fox, X-Men was among the film properties that had executives at the … [Read more...] about After ‘Dark Phoenix’ bombs, where does ‘X-Men’ go from here?
Actors Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart, with Hart's son Kenzo Kash Hart, at the June 2, 2019 premiere of The Secret Life of Pets 2 in Westwood, California. AFP Photo LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Universal's new animation The Secret Life of Pets 2 managed to lead North American box offices this weekend with an estimated take of US$47.1 million even while earning less than half what the first Pets film did just three years ago. Pets 2, produced by Illumination studio, edged out another new release, Fox's X-Men: Dark Phoenix, to top the three-day weekend, according to industry watcher Exhibitor Relations. Pets could also brag about an A- rating from audiences, suggesting it has staying power, according to CinemaScore. It features the voices of Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish and Patton Oswalt in another tale of what pets do when their owners are away. Dark Phoenix sold $33 million in tickets, the worst performance in the X-Man franchise's 20-year … [Read more...] about ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ defeats ‘X-Men’ to top box office
Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press Published 8:37 PM EDT Jun 6, 2019 The good news is “Dark Phoenix “ is neither an apocalypse nor is it “X-Men: Apocalypse,” but this latest installment is not exactly a solid step forward or a satisfying ending for anyone. It’s supposed to be the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, and yet it feels more like a rushed and inconsequential spinoff than something that we’ve been building toward for two decades. Perhaps that’s because we’ve barely gotten to know this version of Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), whose transformation into the all-powerful Phoenix is the thing that divides the X-Men into a tiny civil war. A brief flashback to 1975 shows a young Jean’s defining trauma, when the telekinesis she can’t yet control results in a horrific car crash and her becoming an orphan. She’s taken in by Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) who offers her help and guidance and tells her that she can … [Read more...] about The X-Men struggle to the end in ‘Dark Phoenix’
Adam Graham Detroit News Film Critic Published 5:00 PM EDT Jun 6, 2019 In "Dark Phoenix," there are fireballs, lasers and lightning bolts, but no sparks. The latest "X-Men" adventure — the 7th film in the franchise, not counting the three standalone “Wolverine” movies, and the third entry in the rebooted-with-younger-cast-members series within the series – is a sluggishly paced superhero debacle, where the actors look as bored as the audience. Jennifer Lawrence, who signed on to the series right after “Winter’s Bone” made her an Oscar nominee but before “The Hunger Games” shot her to the moon, looks like she’d rather be just about anywhere else and all but hands in her character’s resignation on screen. Sophie Turner, who joined on as Jean Grey in 2016’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” and is the star here because, well, “Game of Thrones,” looks like’d prefer to be back in the … [Read more...] about Review: Dark days for X-Men in ‘Dark Phoenix’
By Peter Larsen | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: March 29, 2019 at 5:49 pm | UPDATED: March 29, 2019 at 6:39 pm 1. Stan and deliver: The death of Stan Lee in November hit every Marvel fan hard, and on Friday at WonderCon, his presence was missed – or it was until a 9-year-old showed up in cosplay as the dearly departed 95-year-old creator of such characters as Spider-Man and the X-Men. “It was a couple of months ago,” said Jake Bishop, a third-grader from Garden Grove, of his decision to cosplay as Lee. “He died, so I thought, ‘That’s a way to make people happy.’” And, boy oh boy, were people happy as Jake made a splash during a Marvel cosplay meet-up outside the Anaheim Convention Center. With his hair slicked back and dyed gray for the day, and a trim gray mustache glued onto his upper lip, Jake was a tiny spitting image of the late Lee, from his aviator sunglass and green V-neck sweater to his cartooning pen and … [Read more...] about WonderCon 2019: 5 awesome opening day moments, from 9-year-old Stan Lee to the X-Men sneak peek and more