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Box office report: The ‘Fantastic’ Flub

Posted in: Box Office Report, General  |  By: John Hanlon  |  August 9th, 2015
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Despite everything it had going for it, what is ed the Fantastic Four reboot faltered at the box office its opening weekend earning an estimated twenty-six million domestically, sickness according to

The film did better overseas but it’s still doubtful that Fox– the studio behind the reboot– is pleased with this critically-reviled superhero film.

With that in mind, more about let’s take a look at the big winners at the box office and a few of the big losers.

Loser:  The less-than-fantastic four.

With such low box office numbers, a Rotten Tomatoes score of only 8% and a director who has distanced himself from the finished film, the new Fantastic Four is clearly not the reboot that Fox wanted or is happy with.

Winner: Joel Edgarton’s gift to moviegoers

The Gift, Joel Edgarton’s directorial debut, defined low expectations and earned an amazing 92% rating on Despite its limited budget and a first time director, the film earned approximately 12 million dollars at the box office and with the critical raves the film has earned, it looks to have strong legs going into August.

 Loser: Ba-ba-ba bomb 

Shaun the Sheep wasn’t so lucky. Despite a 99% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes and opening in more than 2,000 theaters, the film didn’t even earn a spot in this weekend’s box office top ten.

Winner: Hunt, Ethan Hunt

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, the fifth installment in the long-running Tom Cruise series, crossed 100 million dollars at the box office this weekend, keeping its title as the number one movie in America, according to

Here, according to, are the estimated weekend grosses of the top five films:

1. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation — $29.4 million
2. Fantastic Four — $26.2 million
3. The Gift — $12 million
4. Vacation — $9.2 million
5. Ant-Man — $7.8 million