We're just days away from the theatrical release of 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four reboot, and that means the promotional machine is ramping up. The latest sneak peek of the film features an unexpected guest star crashing the party right at the very end. Check it out:
That's not all. Fantastic Four star Miles Teller recently spoke to BBC Newsbeat about his predictions for the film, and while he admits he hasn't seen the finished product himself just yet, he predicts a lukewarm critical reception.
"We tried to make something coming from a more dramatic standpoint so we're hoping that people enjoy it and recognize that we're trying to do something original," said Teller. "Rarely are films of this size critically well received... This is not a movie we're going to go on Rotten Tomatoes and it's going to be at 80 or 90 per cent. We did try to do something more than soulless, popcorn action."
So given 20th Century Fox stoking the Fantastic Four trailer with Deadpool and Teller downplaying the potential critical success of the film, the question then becomes 'how will the film actually do?' According to Deadline, Fantastic Four is expected to earn $40-$50 million on its opening weekend.
While not the numbers of something like an Avengers or X-Men film, that projection puts it roughly neck-and-neck with July's Ant-Man, which earned $57.2m on opening weekend. Furthering that comparison, Deadline states that tracking for Fantastic Four has it fairing better in every demographic with the exception of older adults than Ant-Man.
In terms of competition, Fantastic Four is going up against Shaun the Sheep, Ricki & The Flash and last week's box office champ, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. The latter is projected to get $20m this weekend, giving Fantastic Four some breathing room to claim the weekend no. 1 spot.