Not everything Marvel prints money. In 2015, Fox attempted to cash in on the superhero craze with a 2015 “Fantastic Four” reboot, which absolutely bombed at the box office. The film made an embarrassing $25.7 million weekend opening, and only earned $56 million domestically. Worldwide, the movie made $168 million against a $120 million budget, making it a huge flop.
Before the reboot, the 2005 “Fantastic Four” film looked promising, with a worldwide gross of $330.5 million on a $100 million budget. Fox execs hoping for a series cash cow increased the sequel’s budget by $30 million, but it wasn’t clobberin’ time at the box office for 2007’s “Rise of the Silver Surfer,” which made only $289 million worldwide. Plans for a third movie were cancelled.