As the newest “X-Men” franchise film to date, “The New Mutants” premiered on August 28, 2020 and eventually took the last spot on the franchise’s earning list. Much of this can be attributed to one very obvious reason: the COVID-19 pandemic. In the summer of 2020, many movie theaters were still closed and trying to figure out how to reopen safely for audiences. Needless to say, many people skipped the new releases, opting to stay home for their safety.
Either way, “The New Mutants” ended up losing a considerable amount of money at the box office. On a budget of $67 million, the film made a total of just over $49 million, a loss of around $18 million (via Box Office Mojo). Although COVID-19 probably wasn’t the only cause, as critical and public reception for those who managed to see it was less than stellar (via Rotten Tomatoes).
However, with the possibility of the “X-Men” joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe due to multiverse events in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness,” things are looking up. for the franchise. The most recent trailer for “The Multiverse of Madness” even features the voice of what many believe to be Patrick Stewart’s Professor Charles Xavier. We will have to wait until May to be sure.