It was a mighty Memorial Day for mutant superheroes, with X-Men: Apocalypse reigning supreme over the four-day holiday weekend. The same couldn’t be said for the other sequel to premiere over the weekend, as Alice Through the Looking Glass fell far short of expectations.
The follow-up to 2014’s timeline-twisting X-Men: Days of Future Past earned an estimated $80 million over long its opening weekend, giving it the 10th best historic premiere for the holiday weekend. The film’s U.S. debut brought its worldwide gross to $265.8 million after its strong opening overseas.
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While the opening weekend for Apocalypse was a decent — but not great — debut by industry standards, the film earned quite a bit less than prior X-Men films that premiered over the same holiday weekend. Days of Future Past earned just over $110 million on the same weekend two years ago, while the much-maligned X-Men: The Last Stand earned $122.8 million across all four days in 2006.
Things were looking considerably less rosy for Alice Through the Looking Glass, which opened to just $34.1 million over the weekend. During a year when every Walt Disney Pictures project seems to be printing money, the underwhelming performance of Alice is a reminder that any studio — no matter how much of a roll it’s on — is prone to an occasional flop.
|#||Title||Weekend||U.S. Total||Worldwide Total|
|2.||Alice Through the Looking Glass||$34.1M||$34.1M||$99.1M|
|3.||The Angry Birds Movie||$24.6M||$72.2M||$229.4M|
|4.||Captain America: Civil War||$19.7M||$377.2M||$1,107.9M|
|5.||Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising||$11.4M||$40.6M||$77.2M|
|6.||The Jungle Book||$9.2M||$340.7M||$879.8M|
|7.||The Nice Guys||$8.1M||$23.5M||$23.5M|
|9.||Love & Friendship||$3.1M||$4.1M||$4.1M|
The rest of the weekend’s top movies were all returning films, with one particular project hitting a pretty important milestone.
In its fourth weekend in theaters, Captain America: Civil War moved past Deadpool to become the year’s highest-grossing film in the U.S. The Marvel Studios sequel was already the highest-grossing film of the year worldwide, and now holds that title both domestically and abroad. And with quite a few weeks likely left in its theatrical run, Civil War stands a good chance of holding on to that title for at least a few months.
The only major release expected to challenge X-Men: Apocalypse in the upcoming week is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, which is likely to win the weekend due to the X-Men sequel’s shaky standing. How much it wins the weekend by is the real question, though.