Two new releases hit theaters this weekend, both vying for the box office crown over the Memorial Day holiday. 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse and Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass both squared off in hopes of taking the holiday weekend box office crown, but it was X-Men: Apocalypse that came away as the winner, taking in $65 million. Unfortunately, this opening weekend is the lowest in this new prequel trilogy.
Box Office Mojo reports that X-Men: Apocalypse's opening is the lowest debut since 2011's X-Men: First Class, which debuted with $55.1 million back in 2011. This debut also comes in far lower than 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past, which took in $90.8 million, and significantly lower than the studio's X-Men spinoff Deadpool, which took in $132.4 million, en route to becoming the franchise's top-grossing movie with $362.7 million domestic and $763.1 million worldwide.
X-Men: Apocalypse debuted this weekend in 4,150 theaters, with Disney debuting Alice Through the Looking Glass in 3,763 theaters. Both of these new releases aren't shaping up to be critical hits. X-Men: Apocalypse currently sits at a middling 48% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while Alice Through the Looking Glass has a 29% rating. Despite those low marks, Alice Through the Looking Glass debuted in second place with an estimated $28.1 million. Much like X-Men: Apocalypse, Alice Through The Looking Glass came in far under its predecessor
2010's Alice in Wonderland opened with $116.1 million en route to $334.1 million domestic and $1.02 billion worldwide. That movie helped spawn the slew of live action adaptations that Disney has been cranking out lately, such as Maleficent, Cinderella and the upcoming Pete's Dragon remake, just to name a few. Alice Through the Looking Glass was produced under a whopping $170 million budget, and it remains to be seen if the movie will eventually turn a profit, after this underwhelming debut.
Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-Men: Apocalypse. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
In Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass, an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings his own unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in 2010 with Alice in Wonderland, the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll. Alice Through the Looking Glass reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter are also back as the White Queen and the Red Queen. They join the voices of Alan Rickman (Blue Caterpillar), Stephen Fry (Cheshire Cat), Michael Sheen (White Rabbit) and Timothy Spall (Bayard). We are also introduced to several new characters in this exciting sequel, including Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter's father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.
Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past few years following in her father's footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland and her friends the White Rabbit (Sheen), Absolem (Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Depp), who is not himself. The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Hathaway) sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes across friends - and enemies - at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out. Rounding out the top 5 this week is holdovers The Angry Birds Movie ($18.7 million), Captain America: Civil War ($15.1 million) and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising ($9.1 million).
Rounding out the top 10 this weekend will be The Jungle Book ($6.9 million), The Nice Guys ($6.3 million), Money Monster ($4.2 million), Love & Friendship ($2.4 million) and Zootopia ($832,000). Also opening in limited release this weekend is Abramorama's As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM, Strand's Chevalier, FilmRise's Holy Hell, Adopt Films' The Idol, Magnolia's The Ones Below and Well Go USA's The Wailing,. but no box office data was released for these limited releases yet. We don't know for certain if any of these movies will be expanding to wider releases in the weeks to come, so stay tuned.
Looking ahead to next weekend, Paramount will roll out the action-packed sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, alongside Warner Bros.' romance Me Before You and Universal's comedy Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Also debuting in limited release is Independent's sci-fi thriller Approaching the Unknown, United Entertainment Partners' drama The Final Master, Oscilloscope Pictures' drama The Fits and FilmRise's documentary The Witness. Be sure to check back on Tuesday for next week's box office predictions. Until then, check out the estimates for the weekend of May 27.
|2||Alice Through the Looking Glass|
|3||The Angry Birds Movie|
|4||Captain America: Civil War|
|5||Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising|
|6||The Jungle Book|
|7||The Nice Guys|
|9||Love and Friendship|