Even with poor reviews and generally subdued early audience response, Hollywood analysts were anticipating 20th Century Fox's "Fantastic Four" reboot to open at #1 in the U.S. box office. But after a low-performing opening, even that milestone is in doubt.
Deadline reports that the superhero movie from director Josh Trank is experiencing some stronger than expected competition from last weekend's champ: "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation." So far "Fantastic Four" earned only $2.7 million in a limited early Thursday release, but it is still expected to roll up to around $40 million when the weekend is all said and done.
Whether that's enough to beat back a resurgeant Tom Cruise is yet to be seen, but it is likely that no other movie will factor into the race for the top as the rest of the weekend's new offerings are relatively smaller releases like "The Gift," "Ricki & The Flash" and "Shaun The Sheep."
Stay tuned for a full box office report tomorrow on CBR.