Dark Phoenix had the worst opening weekend of any X-Men film

Secret Life of Pets 2 Tramples Dark Phoenix at the Weekend Box Office with $47.1M

Although the film did top the chart, this was also an underwhelming result compared to the impressive $104.3 million that the first film took in 2016, which remains a record opening for an original animated film in the US.

New character posters for 20th Century Fox's next X-Men film Dark Phoenix feature Sophie Turner, Michael Fassbender and more.

Rounding out the list, for its second weekend in theaters, Paramount's Elton John biopic, Rocketman, was able to maintain a spot in the top five bringing in another $14 million adding to a $50 million domestic box office and a $101 million global take.

"It's softer than we hoped", said Cathleen Taff, Disney's president of theatrical distribution. However, as Deadline reports, that's substantially lower than the opening weekends of X-Men's recent instalments: Days of Future Past ($262.9m), Logan ($247.4m) and Apocalypse ($166.6m). The first movie earned $507 million globally for its entire run.

Outside the USA it has made $107 (£84), putting the overall takings at $140 million (about £110 million).

"In the worldwide marketplace, it seems like the spectacle and the brand wins out", Dergarabedian said.

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However, "Pets 2" got only less than half of what its predecessor earned during its inaugural weekend in theaters in 2016.

Plus, Disney has another victor in its books in Aladdin, which coasted to third place in its third weekend with another 24.5 million dollars. This weekend, the Kaiju King earned another $15.5 million, but with only $78.6 million in total domestic sales, the Zilla thrilla has a long way to go to earn back its $200 million price tag.

Elsewhere, Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin moved down one place to No.3, while the musical Elton John biopic Rocketman fell to No.5.

Employing a similar strategy, A24's The Last Black Man in San Francisco also scored in seven locations with 230,744 dollars.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at USA and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore.

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