The Disney-Fox film only grossed $14 million on its opening day, according to Variety. That puts the movie's projection to $34 million before the weekend closes. The previous lowest-earning opening, 2013's The Wolverine, grossed nearly $20 million more during its debut.
Dark Phoenix's numbers only takes the domestic performance into account; the franchise has traditionally been more successful in foreign markets. Still, it's doubtful the studio will recoup the nearly $200 million it cost to produce the film.
This week's box office champion was Illumination's The Secret Life of Pets 2. In its three-day total, the animated comedy earned $46.1 million. Yet, like Dark Phoenix, this was significantly lower than estimated by critics.
After topping sales last weekend, Godzilla: King of the Monsters came in fourth, grossing $14.7 million. This is almost a 70 percent drop from the $47.7 million it earned when it hit theaters last weekend. Disney's Aladdin came in third with $24 million.
Disney will probably still end the month on a high note, with Toy Story 4 dropping on June 20. This sets the stage for The Lion King. The remake, which premieres on July 19, features the voiceover talents of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, and Beyoncé.