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Georgia-Boycotting Star’s ‘Dark Phoenix’ Flames Out At Box Office Amid Brutal Reviews

The latest installment of the “X-Men” series, starring “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner, who recently made headlines for joining the boycott of Georgia over its “heartbeat bill,” is flaming out at the box office, managing a disappointing $33 million in its opening weekend amid ice-cold reviews. In fact, “Dark Phoenix” has earned the unwelcome dual distinction as the worst reviewed film in the X-Men series and the worst-performing in its opening weekend.

Despite being released in 3,721 theaters and a massive promotional push, “Dark Phoenix” brought in only an estimated $33 million over its first three days. According to Box Office Mojo, that’s twelfth out of the twelve films in the “X-Men” franchise and $20 million less than the second-worst performing “X-Men” film, “The Wolverine.”

Part of the reason for the sub-par box office performance appears to be the critical response to the Simon Kinberg-directed film. The film currently has a dismal 23% on the Tomatometer among critics and a tepid 64% audience score. That’s the worst of any of the “X-Men” films.

“Dark Phoenix ends an era of the X-Men franchise by taking a second stab at adapting a classic comics arc — with deeply disappointing results,” reads Rotten Tomatoes’ critics’ summary. A few examples of the many box office-damaging reviews:

  • “It is a joyless, lifeless, boring affair that repeats ideas from better X-films and feels more like an obligatory reunion cash grab than a deeply considered goodbye to iconic characters,” writes RogerEbert.com’s Brian Tallerico.
  • “Despite the frequent verbal confrontation scenes in which characters lash out at one another, soap opera style, for lying or serving their selfish interests, Dark Phoenix doesn’t come close to carrying the emotional impact of so many Marvel films…” says Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper.
  • “It didn’t have to end this way…It didn’t have to end with so little emotion, so little meaning – with a sad little speech about evolving, for Phoenix’s sake,” laments San Diego Reader’s Matthew Likona.
  • “Their performances are so cornball and their line-readings so hacky that one might be forgiven for confusing Dark Phoenix with some low-rent porno parody of itself,” writes Globe and Mail’s John Semley.

Rotten Tomatoes’ impact on the box office has become a frequent topic of conversation in recent months, particularly when it comes to politically charged content and online campaigns. After the “Want to See” score for “Captain Marvel” nose-dived following star Brie Larson repeatedly turning promotional events for the film into opportunities to push a feminist agenda, Rotten Tomatoes took steps to protect films from similar blowback. First, the site announced its decision to drop the “Want to See” score altogether and disable the comments function prior to a film’s release. The review site’s attempts to block “trolls” from tanking film’s scores added another step a few months later when it announced its revised criteria for comments with its new “Verified Ratings and Reviews” policy, which requires verification that a user actually purchased a ticket to the movie before they score it.

As The Daily Wire reported a couple of weeks ago, Turner along with her “Dark Phoenix” co-star Jessica Chastain announced in a recent interview with Sky News that they both signed a letter with dozens of their fellow Hollywood stars pledging to boycott states that enact strict abortion laws, particularly Georgia, the third-largest film production state in the country.

“There’s a letter going around that I signed saying I’m not going to work in any state that denies rights for women, for the LGBTQ community, for anyone,” Chastain told the outlet. “I’m not going to work in a state that discriminates.”

“I signed it too,” Turner added. “I have yet to tell my agents I signed it. They’re going to be like: ‘What? You can’t work in these states?’ Yeah, I can’t work in these states.”

When asked about the stringent anti-abortion laws of the primary filming location of “Game of Thrones,” Northern Ireland, Turner did not try to defend her decision to film there for years, saying only, “There was a lot of work of ‘Game Of Thrones’ there, so luckily we’re moving on.”

When outrage first erupted in response to Alabama’s pro-life abortion bill, Huff Post provided a summary of Northern Ireland’s laws, which are “some of the most restrictive abortion laws of any developed nation”:

Under no circumstances except to preserve the woman’s physical and mental health are abortions legal in Northern Ireland. And while the Alabama law penalizes doctors who perform abortion, threatening them with up to 99 years or life behind bars, Northern Ireland penalizes both the doctors and the women who terminate their pregnancies. Both can face life in prison.

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6 Comments
  • SusanP says:

    Actors and others connected with the movies should keep their political opinions to themselves. Most of the time, Hollywood types have no idea what the majority of regular people (those who purchase movie tickets) believe or the values they have. When an actor comes out on the “wrong” side of a political issue, they destroy their own careers and accomplish nothing that matters.

    Get a clue! The people who watch your movies don’t care what you think until you criticize their values and beliefs.

  • Nell says:

    This girl is such a tramp! She’s hinted at having sexual relationships with other women. Now she’s supporting abortion. So disappointed that Joe Jonas married her. He and his brothers were so clean cut when they first got famous. They proclaimed their Christianity and wore purity rings. Nick married a Hindu girl with his father (a minister) conducting the ‘Christian’ part of the ceremony with someone else marrying them in her faith. As Christians, the Bible tells us not to tie our yoke to a person who isn’t a believer. I am so proud of Georgia’s Governor and legislature along with every other state who is protecting unborn babies. They aren’t going to let these worldly celebrities (who probably have or will have several abortions) blackmail them!

    • Sherry says:

      Hi Nell. Unfortunately, most of these musical and theater ‘celebrities’ that we see claim they are Christian or act as though they are pure in the beginning of their fame and fortune, are not! They are a product of the big music/movie moguls that are ruled by darkness and evil, so it is all a farce. Nobody, nobody makes it big in these industries without being ‘made’ that way and they are never what they seem in the beginning. It is meant to lead the young astray and it works. You see it very true today more than ever, sadly.

  • Gary Gautreau says:

    If every state adopts a pro-abortion bill, where are these actors going to work besides cool-aidfornia?

  • William conley says:

    So murdering babies is top of your list glad you made that clear to me now I’m ok with the fact I always hated sansa Stark on game of thrones. It was because you’re a shitty actress now it’s because you’re also a shitty person.

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