"Dark Phoenix" director Simon Kinberg says it's "on him" that the superhero movie "didn't work" after it pulled in just $33 million at the US box office against a $200 million production cost.
The latest 'X-Men' movie made its debut last weekend and pulled in just $33 million at the US box office against an estimated $200 million production cost, the superhero film also scored 23% on Rotten Tomatoes, the lowest ever rating for a film in the franchise.
The 45-year-old director wrote and helmed the movie - which followed Sophie Turner's Jean Grey as she's transformed into one of the world's most powerful and dangerous mutants - and he accepts that it's "on him" that the movie "didn't work".
Speaking on KCRW podcast The Business, he said: "I'm here and I'm saying when a movie doesn't work, put it on me. I'm the writer/director of the movie, the movie didn't connect with audiences, that's on me."
Despite the film's poor reception, the 'Deadpool' director insisted that he enjoyed making the movie, and referenced a conversation he'd previously had with Sir Ridley Scott in which he revealed that the much maligned 'G.I. Jane' - which was released in 1997 and starred Demi Moore as Lieutenant Jordan O'Neil, a woman trying to make it in the US Navy - was his favourite film to work on, rather than his more acclaimed movies such as 'Alien', 'Gladiator' or 'Blade Runner'.