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Universal's new animation managed to lead North American box offices this weekend.

Dark Phoenix registered a franchise low opening of $33 million in the United States, over its first weekend.

Dark Phoenix sold US$33 million in tickets, the worst performance in the X-Man franchise's 20-year history and "well below expectations", according to Variety. While its critical reception wasn't quite as bad as Dark Phoenix's, it was still really bad and a year later sits at 47%. The animated sequel wasn't expected to come close to matching the $104.3 million that the first "Secret Life" made in 2016, but it has also fallen short of the $50 million opening projected by trackers and has posted one of lowest openings ever for an Illumination release.

To nobody's surprise, X-Men: Dark Phoenix is shaping up to be a complete box office failure.

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 worldwide take.

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.

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The Washington Post wrote that the franchise sends the current crop of X-Men off 'with a whimper, not a bang'. The later debut didn't seem to help the movie, which was panned by critics.

Internationally, Dark Phoenix fared better, opening to US$107m, bringing its global debut to $140m.

With extensive reshoots, the film reportedly cost over $200 million to produce, not including marketing costs. Only three X-Men movies have grossed over $US 100 million in their opening weekends, namely Deadpool ($US 132 million), Deadpool 2 ($US 125 million) and The Last Stand ($US 102 million).

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.

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

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