Fantastic Four Off to a Weak Start with $2.7 Million Thursday

The Fantastic Four box office isn’t looking that fantastic

20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four, starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Tim Blake Nelson and Reg E. Cathey, opened on Thursday night in a good portion of the 3,995 theaters in which it will open today, and it’s being reported that it brought in an estimated $2.7 million, which is disappointing compared to other summer releases.

While it doesn’t have the IMAX and 3D premium ticket prices of those other movies, that amount is compared to the $6.4 million Thursday opening of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man last month which earned $22.6 million its opening day and $57.2 million during its opening weekend. That also compares to the $4 million grossed on Thursday by The Wolverine two years ago, which ended up with $50.3 million in its opening weekend.

Reviews and buzz for Fantastic Four have been so bad, especially in the last week, that it could be hurting the movie’s chances especially if word-of-mouth from early screenings hurts its overall weekend, but right now it could probably still do somewhere in the $30 to 35 million range, depending on how well it does today.

It has some stiff competition for the weekend with the second weekend of Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which has received stellar reviews and word-of-mouth.

Check back over the weekend for updates on the last superhero movie of the summer.