Though it's now clear that 20th Century Fox's "Fantastic Four" is not a critical success, the film is still on track to debut No. 1 at the box office this weekend. Variety reports that the movie is expected to bring in around $40 million, placing it ahead of fellow openers "The Gift," "Ricki and the Flash" and "Shaun the Sheep."
On Thursday night, "Fantastic Four" earned a reported $2.7 million in 2,900 locations (it expands to around 3,950 screens today). Deadline points out this is less than half of what fellow Marvel Comics-based superhero film "Ant-Man" made in its opening night last month; the latest Marvel Studios production made $6.4 million on Thursday, July 16 for a $57.2 million opening weekend. According to Variety, "Fantastic Four" had a $120 million production budget.
Currently, "Fantastic Four" has a 9 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, indicating only 13 positive reviews out of 140 indexed. On Metacritic, another movie review aggregate site that tends to have higher scores due to its qualitative analysis of reviews, "Fantastic Four" has a score of 27 out of 100, meaning "generally unfavorable reviews."
"Fantastic Four" is now in theaters. Fox announced a sequel back in March 2014, currently scheduled for June 9, 2017; whether or not the bad buzz affects that film's changes of getting made remains to be seen.