David Duchovny has blamed going up against The Dark Knight as the main reason why X-Files: I Want To Believe performed poorly at the box office, taking in only $10 million in its opening weekend.
“I’d prefer if it was a huge hit, but there are mitigating circumstances. We happened to open on the worst day in the history of cinema – the second week of Batman. The only thing worse would be to open with Batman and nobody would’ve done that.”
Duchovny suggested that the movie still has a chance of turning a profit because of its relatively small budget.
“We’re competing for the same audience with what they’re saying will be the highest grossing film of all time,” he said. “What saves us is that we only cost $29 million to make. We’re a small movie masquerading as a blockbuster.”
Duchovny has a point. People cared more about how much The Dark Knight would take in it’s second weekend than there were about seeing the X-Files. The film has also been getting poor reviews, with some people calling it:
Slow, laborious and ponderous without ever earning the right to be, I Want To Believe is a mis-fire that threatens the franchise’s very existence. The only mystery here is, what went wrong?
The movie will probably make a profit, only a small one though.