'X-Men' Poll: Is the Franchise Fading?Eric Walkuski |
This past weekend, 'The Wolverine' made headlines for all the wrong reasons with a $55 million domestic opening that has been deemed a disappointment in just about every way. This leads us to wonder: is the 'X-Men' franchise coming close to extinction?
The $55 million opening isn't nearly as dire when you consider 'The Woverine' sliced up over $140 million worldwide, but there's no getting around the fact that, in this day and age, a $55 million domestic bow for a superhero film with an A-list star is far from stellar - especially when you consider the first 'Wolverine' (which was horrible) made $85 million in its opening weekend in 2009. Heck, the first 'X-Men' movie made $54 million when it opened, and that was back in 2000 when ticket prices were significantly lower.
We were having the same conversation two years ago, when 'X-Men First Class' opened to $55 million which was also seen as something of a let-down. That film made $146 million domestically, which is certainly not terrible, but rather paltry when compared to domestic grosses of films like 'The Amazing Spider-Man' ($262 million) or the first 'Iron Man' ($318 million). At this rate, it shall be very interesting to see how 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' fares next May.
What do you think, is the 'X-Men' series showing signs of fatigue at the box office? Might we be seeing the last movies in the franchise? Vote in our poll below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section!