Weekend Box Office: Post-Apocalyptic Fallout

The opening projections for Memorial Day weekend’s two big movie releases didn’t look too hot on Saturday. Ultimately, one franchise pulled through over the four-day weekend to at least meet expectations, while the other continued to decline and drastically miss its studio predictions.

Coming in at #1 was ‘X-Men: Apocalypse‘, the fourth Bryan Singer-directed entry to Fox’s nine-movie-deep franchise. Although ‘Apocalypse’ followed through with the studio estimates – grossing $65.3 million over the three-day weekend and $80 million for the four-day weekend – the three-day opening still came in $25.5 million behind the last ‘X-Men’ entry, 2014’s ‘Days of Future Past‘. The franchise had a great rebound after ‘First Class’, but the performance of ‘Apocalypse’ has to be a letdown for Fox – especially after seeing such a massive boost from ‘Deadpool‘. How worried do you think Fox execs are for next year’s (supposedly) final Wolverine movie?

Internationally, ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ is still doing just fine. After last week’s fairly wide head start overseas and this week’s further expansion, the film has an international total of $185.8 million, which brings its worldwide total to $265.8 million.

The movie that took a box office beating was Disney’s ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass‘, which came in at #2. Hitting screens six years after Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland‘ and with mostly negative reviews, the sequel opened $89.2 million behind the record-setting original. While ‘Wonderland’ earned $116.1 million over its first three days in March 2010, ‘Through the Looking Glass’ only claimed $26.9 million over the three-day weekend. The four-day weekend resulted in $34.1 million, which is brutally low when you consider that Disney expected it to make $52 million over the four days. Internationally, the movie opened in the majority of markets and drew $65 million. With a budget of $170 million, the global opening of $99.1 million isn’t so great.

The Angry Birds Movie‘ landed in third place in its second week. Over the first three days, it had a light 36% decline in attendance and pulled $18.7 million. The animated family flick closed out the four-day weekend with $24.6 million, giving it a domestic 11-day total of $72.2 million. Overseas, the success of the $73 million movie continues. It has earned $157.2 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $229.4 million.

Four-week-old ‘Captain America: Civil War‘ finished in fourth place with a $15.3 million three-day total and a $19.7 million four-day total. To date, it has made $377.1 million domestically and $730.7 million overseas, giving it $1.1 billion worldwide.

Rounding out the Top 5 was ‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising‘. Universal’s comedy sequel had a less-than-impressive opening last week – and the second week wasn’t any better. Its three-day total came in at $9.2 million, which brought a heavy 57% decline, and the four-day numbers tallied $11.4 million. The domestic numbers now sit at $40.6 million, which isn’t great for a heavily marketed $35 million picture. Luckily, the international box office sits at $36.5 million. That’s still low compared to the first ‘Neighbors‘, but the movie should be in the positive before long.

3-Day Weekend Top 10:

1. ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ (Fox) – $65,300,000

2. ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ (Buena Vista) – $26,997,000

3. ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ (Sony) – $18,750,000

4. ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (Buena Vista) – $15,379,000

5. ‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’ (Universal) – $9,274,440

6. ‘The Jungle Book’ (Buena Vista) – $7,111,000

7. ‘The Nice Guys’ (Warner Bros.) – $6,515,000

8. ‘Money Monster’ (TriStar) – $4,350,000

9. ‘Love & Friendship’ (Roadside) – $2,496,000

10. ‘Zootopia’ (Buena Vista) – $821,000

4-Day Weekend Top 10:

1. ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ (Fox) – $80,000,000

2. ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ (Buena Vista) – $34,174,000

3. ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ (Sony) – $24,600,000

4. ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (Buena Vista) – $19,717,000

5. ‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’ (Universal) – $11,443,600

6. ‘The Jungle Book’ (Buena Vista) – $9,235,000

7. ‘The Nice Guys’ (Warner Bros.) – $8,145,000

8. ‘Money Monster’ (TriStar) – $5,550,000

9. ‘Love & Friendship’ (Roadside) – $3,115,031

10. ‘Zootopia’ (Buena Vista) – $1,133,000

1 comment

  1. Trond Michelsen

    Looks like Civil War is beginning to lose steam now. It’s stil ahead of Iron Man 3, but its daily gross is now lower than Stark’s, so I doubt it’ll manage to take in the remaining $30M it needs to surpass IM3’s total. It could get close, though. I expect it to break $400M and end up a couple of millions behind IM3.

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