Weekend box office: 'Secret Life of Pets 2' tops 'Dark Phoenix'

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In the top spot of the five biggest earning films of the weekend, Universal and Illumination's The Secret Life of Pets 2 trotted in with a $47.1 million debut.

Historically, the franchise has performed well internationally, however with its $200 million production budget and a 23% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it's not looking promising.

"X-Men: Dark Phoenix" may have notched the worst opening weekend in the franchise's history in the USA, but it led China's box office with $32.1 million over the country's three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday weekend, debuting last Thursday, a day before its US release. The film grossed just around $33 million at the domestic box office, compared to the 2016 opening of Deadpool, a spinoff, which grossed over $125 million opening weekend. It's the worst opening of all the X-Men films and the first not to open in first place.

That makes Dark Phoenix's opening weekend the worst of any X-Men film, earning well under The Wolverine (2013)'s $53.1m debut.

Today, it all comes to an end, 'cause we're talking about Dark Phoenix. Directed by longtime X-Men scribe Simon Kinberg, it focuses on Jean Grey who is played by Sophie Turner fresh off of her Game of Thrones run as Sansa Stark. This is it: the last X-Men movie under the Fox watch. Globally, its earned 140 million dollars.

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Two other Chinese films that debuted last Thursday in time for the holiday took third and fourth: local rom-com "My Best Summer", with $21.5 million, and "Chasing the Dragon 2: Wild Wild Bunch", a crime drama starring Louis Koo and Tony Leung Ka Fai, which took in $20.3 million.

Also, the X-Men characters, which had been licensed to Fox, are now expected to be integrated with Disney's stable of characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It has generated 78.6 million dollars in North America to date.

Global box office numbers have yet to be released.

And in fifth was Paramount's Rocketman, the biopic about singer Elton John, at US$14 million.

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