Men and ‘Secret Life of Pets’ underperform at a gloomy box office

Dark Phoenix’ flames out at weekend box office

"Pets 2", the sequel to 2016's animated hit about a chatty group of animals, won the weekend with an estimated $47.1 million at the North American box office. The film has earned $48 million if you include early Fandango previews. Including worldwide grosses, its global total is already sitting at 97 million dollars.

After a tepid critical reception, X-Men: Dark Phoenix has endured further disappointment with the lowest-opening weekend in the mutant franchise's history. Website BoxOfficeMojo called it "the worst reviewed film in the X-men franchise ever".

With decidedly less stellar results, Dark Phoenix trailed behind the talking animals. Before opening, director Simon Kinberg revealed that Mystique, played by Jennifer Lawrence, would die in the film.

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. X-Men United, Deadpool and Deadpool 2.

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Lauren Shuler Donner, the wife of Superman director Richard Donner, is listed on the aforementioned three movies as a producer on IMDb, but we see that apparently, it is in name only.

Plus, Disney has another victor in its books in Aladdin, which coasted to third place in its third weekend with another 24.5 million dollars. It has generated 78.6 million dollars in North America to date.

Rounding out the list, for its second weekend in theaters, Paramount's Elton John biopic, Rocketman, was able to maintain a spot in the top five bringing in another $14 million adding to a $50 million domestic box office and a $101 million global take. The first movie earned $507 million globally for its entire run.

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

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