Dark Phoenix released two weeks to little fanfare. The film has currently earned $204 million at the box office, against a budget of $200 million, which doesn’t include marketing. It also currently holds the lowest rating of any X-Men film on Rotten Tomatoes at 23%.
The film’s writer/director Simon Kinberg recently talked with KCRW’s The Business podcast and took blame for the failure of the film.
“I’m here, I’m saying when a movie doesn’t work, put it on me. I’m the writer-director, the movie didn’t connect with audiences, that’s on me.”
Liking the film himself, Kinberg wasn’t sure why audiences didn’t take to the movie.
“I mean honestly, there’s no way to know. And that’s the thing that I think can drive people crazy and keep them up and be thinking about a movie’s failure years later. If the lesson you’ve learned is that you had the wrong date or you didn’t have good marketing–that’s not a lesson.”
You heard it here. There’s just no way to know why audiences didn’t like the movie.
Directed and written by Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Holt, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain.
Dark Phoenix is in theaters now.