‘Fantastic Four’ Lacks Superpowers at Box Office

August 9, 2015 7:44 PM

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‘Fantastic Four’ Lacks Superpowers at Box Office

LOS ANGELES — 20th Century Fox’s big-budget “Fantastic Four” went down in flames at the weekend box office, adding to fears about superhero fatigue and calling into question Hollywood’s willingness to hire novice directors for major films.

“Fantastic Four,” carrying an estimated production and marketing budget of $200 million and directed by Josh Trank, a 31-year-old filmmaker with only one previous feature under his belt, sold about $26.2 million in tickets in North America. Box office analysts had expected sales of at least $40 mill...

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