“The Secret Life of Pets 2” nabbed first place with $47.11 million, less than half of what its predecessor earned during its inaugural weekend in theaters. Even with an underwhelming start, the animated animal sequel was able to claim victory over “Dark Phoenix,” the final entry in the “X-Men” series and first to be released by Disney. “Dark Phoenix” misfired with a disappointing $33 million, marking the worst debut in the franchise’s 20-year history.
With a huge $200 million price tag, “Dark Phoenix” presents a much tougher path to profitability compared to “Secret Life of Pets 2,” which cost the studio $80 million to produce. It didn’t