As mentioned above, Fantastic Four is
the first film to put an end to the Hollywood slump for 2005. According
to the Los
Angeles Times, the film's weekend-opening box office total
was $58M, which was enough to push this weekends total box office numbers
.4% higher than last year's. While this is great news, it is hard to imagine
that the following weeks will generate similar numbers for Fantastic
Four taking into account the negative press the film has received.
The one thing that the film does have going for it is the fact that its
target audience is younger teens, which could help further drive families
into the theatre seats.
With these types of box office numbers the first question to now pop up is... What about a sequel?
According to the top dog of Marvel, Avi Arad, a
Fantastic Four sequel is a sure bet. While discussing Fantastic
Four with the LA
Times, Avi Arad stated, 'Of course there will be a sequel.
Now the constituency is much larger.' Now the next thing for Avi Arad to
do is pull Tim Story [director of FF] and replace him with someone
that can handle proper character development on multiple heroes [*cough*