Forecast Update by BoxOfficeMojo: “Making a breathtakingly bad $2,829 per screen, Fox’s Fantastic Four made $11.3M on Friday (with Thursday screenings added). Unless the wheels fall completely off the vehicle that should put Fantastic on the road to a $27M weekend. The only consolation at this point is international (reports still to come in) and that the reboot did better than Pixels ($24M its opening weekend). That also opens the door, wide, for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation to come in first place.”
Entertainment Weekly reports sources about the director Josh Trank being driven to breaking point by the studio very early on in production, something which might explain his later behavior on set (which has been described as hostile and combative). Apparently, they “delayed casting and script approvals, slashed the budget by tens of millions from what was originally promised, and tried to force last-minute changes to the film just as principal photography was beginning.” Enduring that wouldn’t be easy for even the most experience directors, never mind a relative newcomer to blockbusters like Trank.
One battle which Trank did apparently win was getting the cast he wanted; Fox were looking for more famous actors. However, the studio were “hemming and hawing on approvals for the final script, it stalled crew workers who were trying to build sets, make costumes, props, and prep the movie. This created confusion and stress from the get-go that often boiled over among department heads trying to put together pieces of a movie that was still in flux.” The more we hear about Fantastic Four, the clearer it becomes that there were serious faults on both sides.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Meanwhile, Josh Trank released the following statement on Twitter:
“A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.“
As you see, even the director is not behind the movie anymore, even though he deleted the tweet right after that.
The way things look right now, it doesn’t look like this round of FF will turn into a franchise. Even more unlikely is a connection to MCU, not while Fox hold the filming rights. My advice to them would be to hand those rights over to Marvel.
Regardless, this Fantastic Four failure is clear and as there is now Avengers link, I will no longer continue to update on this movie.