- [Total: 20 Average: 1.7]
- Directed By: Josh Trank
- Written By: Jeremy Slater, Simon Kinberg, Josh Trank
- Release Date: August 7, 2015
- Domestic Distributor: FOX
- Cast: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $124.5 million||Financed by: FOX; TSG Entertainment|
|Domestic Box Office: $56,117,548||Overseas Box Office: $111,860,048|
The gross budget for Fantastic Four was $154,778,784 and after rebates the net cost was $124.5 million. This mess was financed by FOX and additional capital from TSG, which had a slate financing deal at the studio. Fantastic Four was a troubled production, with reports of alleged poor behavior on and off the set from the director Josh Trank and studio interference. The production was sent back for major reshoots and FOX tinkered with the edit in post production. Bad buzz followed Fantastic Four for months leading up to its release on August 7, 2015.
The widespread reports of studio interference, coupled with atrocious reviews and marketing material that could not even spin this turkey into interesting 30 second ad spots — all became a perfect storm of widespread negativity that this property could not shake off. A disparaging tweet by director Josh Trank (“A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.”) released just before the film’s release, just added to the toxic buzz.
FOX did fully back the picture with an expensive marketing campaign, investing $24.24M into TV spots, plus millions more in other P&A expenses — with a spend far north of $35M for the US release. Fantastic Four was tracking a month before its release with about a $55 million opening, which was lowered to a mid $40 million opening about a week before its release. It opened against The Gift, Ricki and the Flash and Shaun the Sheep Movie and Fantastic Four came in way below expectations with $25,685,737 — placing #2 behind the holdover Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Audiences gave the pic a hateful C- cinemascore and predictably, Fantastic Four declined a huge 68.2% in its second weekend to $8,168,756 and sank 54.3% in its third frame to $3,733,632. The domestic run closed with $56,117,548.
Overseas, Fantastic Four pulled in a mild $111,860,048. The worldwide cume was $167.9 and FOX would see back about $92.3 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would almost cover just the P&A costs. A China release date was to be announced, but nothing materialized. Plans to franchise with this cast, were cancelled after the poor box office and reception.