This Memorial Day weekend saw the release of two big budget sequels: 20th Century Fox‘s X-Men: Apocalypse and Disney‘s Alice Through the Looking Glass. Both movies have received mixed to negative reviews from critics. However, X-Men has won the weekend with a solid (but lower than expected) gross, while Alice straight-up bombs.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, X-Men: Apocalypse has opened with a $65 million gross over the three-day weekend. Over the four-day weekend, it is expected to reach $80 million. This is a solid number, but a bit disappointing compared to the opening of the last installment. Back in 2014, Days of Future Past grossed $110 million over four days. Additionally, Apocalypse was tracking to make $85 million+, with some expecting it to hit $100 million. But, that’s no longer happening.
Apocalypse opened internationally last weekend. Worldwide, the film has currently made over $265.8 million. The sequel has a $178 million production budget. While it should make decent numbers at the box office, don’t expect it to reach the heights of Days of Future Past and Deadpool.
Things are looking much bleaker for Alice Through the Looking Glass, however. The sequel has opened with $28 million this three-day weekend, and it is expected to reach $35 million over the four days. This is a big drop from the $116 million opening of the first Alice in Wonderland back in 2010. Worldwide, Through the Looking Glass has grossed $93 million so far.
After several big hits this year, Alice Through the Looking Glass is a massive disappointment for Disney. A number of factors are potentially responsible for this. It has been six years since the last movie, so during that time, a lack of interest in the franchise must have grown. Also, the sequel opens just as star Johnny Depp is in the midst of domestic abuse accusations. And, of course, the reviews only create even more negative word-of-mouth.
Stay tuned for more box office updates as we have them.