‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Preview Night Box Office Surpasses ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

     May 27, 2016


Two years ago, Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past made $8.1 million on its opening Preview night here in the States, going on to see a $35 million Friday, a $90.8 million three-day weekend, and a total Memorial Day weekend grab of $110.5 million. X-Men: Apocalypse is slightly ahead of that precedent after bringing in $8.2 million so far on Thursday night. This comes after a strong international performance that currently stands at well over $115 million, though reviews are decidedly mixed. (Be sure to read our own Perri Nemiroff’s review here!)

As Box Office Mojo reports, X-Men: Apocalypse narrowly beat out the previous installment of the X-franchise on Thursday night, but absolutely trounced the competition. Forbes reports that Alice Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to the $1 billion-plus earning Alice in Wonderland, only brought in $1.5 million on Thursday, less than half of its predecessor and a little more than a third of Disney’s The Jungle Book’s preview performance. Estimates put the Memorial Day weekend total for the James Bobin-directed film anywhere from $31 million to $56 million, with negative reviews possibly keeping expectations on the low side. (Be sure to read our own Matt Goldberg’s review here!) The previous entry into the adaptations of the Lewis Carroll-created stories saw the bulk of its big box office come from international territories, but I doubt we’ll be seeing a repeat performance.


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The same could be said for the latest X-Men film, which should win the weekend but may not set any records. There’s the idea that movie-going audiences are starting to feel a bit of superhero fatigue after 2016 has already seen the likes of Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Captain America: Civil War. Each of those films brought in beaucoup bucks, but perhaps interest in another blockbuster superhero smash-em-up epic is starting to wane just slightly. Dedicated fans will stick it out, however, especially with Suicide Squad and Doctor Strange still coming later this year.

Are you headed out to check out X-Men: Apocalypse this Memorial Day weekend? Be sure to let us know in the comments below, and check back this weekend for our continuing box office reports!

For more on all things X-Men, check out some of our recent write-ups below:

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