BOX OFFICE: ‘Dark Phoenix’ duels ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ in sequels showdown

dark3Variety and The Hollywood Reporter have had stories this week about how Disney/Fox are tamping down expectations for this, the last X Men movie we’re likely to see for a while.

Will It do $60? $50? $40s?

Box office Mojo is going all in, figuring that bad reviews, a lack of box office power from the latest “Game of Thrones” star to try the movies and simple franchise fatigue mean “Dark Phoenix” won’t earn $40.

C’mon. It made $5 million Thursday night. Surely…  Never mind.

So the weekend will belong to “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” which everybody figures will take in over $50.

Keep an eye, also, on how far “Godzilla” and “Rocketman” fall. One should have legs, but mightn’t, the other should plummet.

This should be the last weekend “Booksmart” is in the top ten. Fading faster than expected, a critic’s darling that Mid America ignored.


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