Simon Kinberg is taking full responsibility for the box office failure of Dark Phoenix. The latest X-Men installment hit theaters just last week and debuted with an unimpressive $33 million domestically. As of this writing, the movie has only earned $42.7 million with an additional $100 million coming from overseas. There was some trouble behind-the-scenes in terms of editing and writing in addition to having the project pushed back more than once. There was also the X-Men fatigue, which started to take over. When it comes down to it, Kinberg accepts the blame.
In a new interview, less than two weeks after the release of Dark Phoenix, Simon Kinberg is reflecting on its dismal box office numbers. While not a lot of people went into theaters to see the movie, there was hope amongst fans that it would be a good finale for the franchise at Fox. However, the reviews from critics and fans were punishing. Kinberg had this to say about it.
“It clearly is a movie that didn’t connect with audiences that didn’t see it, it didn’t connect enough with audiences that did see it. So that’s on me…”
Dark Phoenix wasn’t the hit the studio was hoping for and it wasn’t what fans were hoping for either. With that said, Simon Kinberg still enjoyed making the movie. “I loved making the movie, and I loved the people I made the movie with,” said Kinberg. So, it appears it doesn’t sting as much as one would think. It looks like the director is looking at the positives and finding what he can learn from the experience.
With some time, Dark Phoenix might be looked at in a better light, once the rage dies down. For now, it seems to be a lost cause and that’s okay for Simon Kinberg. The director remembers talking to Ridley Scott while they were working on The Martian. Scott says working on G.I. Jane was one of his favorite experiences, though the movie was a bomb. Kinberg has thought about that frequently and had this to say about those words from Scott.
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“He said it was his favorite because it was just a great process and he learned a lot on the process of making it. I’ve thought about that a lot over the years, and I thought about it a whole lot over the last weekend.”
Simon Kinberg is taking everything in stride and is looking forward to seeing what Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige does with the X-Men franchise in the near future. “I love these characters. I love these world. I’ll be super excited to see what Marvel does with them,” said Kinberg. Marvel Studios is going to give the franchise a break before they go into the reboot process. You can check out the interview with Simon Kinberg over at KCRW.