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20th Century Fox’s new X-Men movie Dark Phoenix has already flopped at the box office after just two weeks in theaters, with the director blaming himself for the movie’s failure.

Simon Kinberg, who has worked as a writer and producer within the X-Men franchise since 2006 and made his feature directorial debut with Dark Phoenix, revealed in a new interview on the KCRW The Business podcast that the movie’s critical and commercial failure is on him.

Not only did Dark Phoenix open with the lowest opening weekend in X-Men franchise history ($32.8 million) but it also was the most critically panned movie in the franchise, with just a 23% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Blaming himself: 20th Century Fox’s new X-Men movie Dark Phoenix has already flopped at the box office after just two weeks in theaters, with the director blaming himself for the movie’s failure

‘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,’ the director said.

While many directors would be reticent to discuss a movie that failed just after it opened (plus dropping a staggering 71.5% in its second weekend), Kinberg said it’s not going to ‘kill him’ to talk about it.

‘It’s not gonna kill me to talk about it, because I actually really like the movie, I had an amazing time making the movie,’ he said.

Blame the director: ‘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,’ the director said

The movie was originally supposed to open in November 2018, before being pushed to February 2019 and ultimately to its opening date on June 7.

While that seems like the perfect date for most superhero movies, Kinberg said this ‘wasn’t made as a classic superhero movie,’ and he felt it would have opened better in either November or February.

‘Those were the dates I felt like it actually would have felt more appropriate, and I think also coming out five or six weeks after what will be maybe the biggest or second biggest movie in the history of cinema, that also happens to be in the superhero genre, was tough for us,’ he added, referring to Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame.

Pushed release dates: The movie was originally supposed to open in November 2018, before being pushed to February 2019 and ultimately to its opening date on June 7

While he said he always anticipated it was going to be a tough weekend, opening ‘in the tailwinds of’ Avengers: Endgame, he ultimately admitted the movie just didn’t connect with audiences.

‘But I wouldn’t blame it on the weekend,’ Kinberg added. ‘It clearly is a movie that didn’t connect with audiences that didn’t see it, it didn’t connect with audiences that did see it, so that’s on me.’

He also said he didn’t think there was a ‘singular mistake’ that lead to the movie’s failure, but rather the ‘combination or pile up of challenges that this movie went through led to a really disappointing weekend.’ 

Didn’t connect: While he said he always anticipated it was going to be a tough weekend, opening ‘in the tailwinds of’ Avengers: Endgame, he ultimately admitted the movie just didn’t connect with audiences

Dark Phoenix has been performing better at the box office internationally, with $152.3 million from foreign markets, for a worldwide total of $204.5 million, from a rumored $200 million budget.

Now that Disney has finalized its purchase of 20th Century Fox, which was happening while Dark Phoenix was in production, the future of the X-Men franchise is uncertain.

There is still one more upcoming X-Men movie, New Mutants, which is slated for release on April 3, 2020, starring Maisie Williams.

International box office: Dark Phoenix has been performing better at the box office internationally, with $152.3 million from foreign markets, for a worldwide total of $204.5 million, from a rumored $200 million budget

Last X-Men: Dark Phoenix is also likely the last X-Men movie for quite some time, now that Disney has finalized its purchase of 20th Century Fox, which was happening while Dark Phoenix was in production

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