Neither packed much of a punch as both films debuted well below expectations.
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Even with the dismal showing in the US, the global take rings in around $97 million and at a price tag of $80 million in production costs, Pets 2 shouldn't be a financial bust in the long run.
Directed by Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix received a B- CinemaScore and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain. But the film, which features the voice work of comedians Patton Oswalt and Kevin Hart, fell short of the $50 million that analysts expected. However, "Pets 2" faces a competitive landscape with Disney's "Toy Story 4" hitting theaters in two weeks.
In third place, Disney's Aladdin chugged along with another $24.5 million take.
It was followed by "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" and home-made "My Best Summer", which generated 59.83 million yuan and 53.65 million yuan respectively. The monster sequel collected $15.4 million, representing a drastic 68% drop from its first weekend in theaters. The biopic on the life and times of Elton John drummed up another 14 million dollars over the weekend, bringing its stateside haul to 50.5 million dollars.