Fantastic Failure 4
A few days after it was released on 4 August, the rebooted "Fantastic Four" movie is still struggling to find its footing at the box office, suggesting that not even superheroes are immune to very poor and damaging reviews.

Early estimates show the 20th Century Fox release struggling to hit US$ 30 million for the weekend, which is well below the anticipated mid-US$ 40 million mark. Should the estimates keep plummeting, the opening could prove disastrous for the studio, which spent US$ 120 million on the pic.

Previews last 6 August for "Fantastic Four" pulled in a lukewarm US$ 2.7 million at 2,900 locations. The

The last major superhero release to premiere under US$ 35 million was Sony's "The Green Hornet" in 2011 (US$ 33.5 million).

In addition to "Fantastic Four’s" not-so-fantastic 9 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a damning tweet from the film’s own director, Josh Trank, suggested that even he was disappointed with the final cut.

Trank expressed heavy dissatisfaction towards the film, tweeting "A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would've received great reviews. You'll probably never see it. That's reality though." He later deleted the tweet, but not after a screen shot was saved forever.

The movie has also been heavily panned, with criticism going towards its narrative, pacing, the design and writing of the villain, and unrewarding payoff regarding the dynamics of the team, as well as the performances and chemistry among the four lead actors.

Jim Vejvoda of IGN criticized the film as "aesthetically drab and dramatically inert", said that the two previous Fantastic Four movies "seem[ed] better in hindsight", and that the movie didn't show enough character development between the members of the team.

Brian Lowry of Variety found the film to be a technical improvement over the 2005 release but criticized its uneven pacing and writing, saying "Ultimately, Fox's stab at reviving one of its inherited Marvel properties feels less like a blockbuster for this age of comics-oriented tentpoles than it does another also-ran — not an embarrassment, but an experiment that didn't gel."