Box office hits and misses: X-Men triumphs as Captain America passes Deadpool

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.

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
1. X-Men: Apocalypse $80M $80M $265.8M
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
8. Money Monster $5.5M $35.2M $52M
9. Love & Friendship $3.1M $4.1M $4.1M
10. Zootopia $1.1M $336.1M $991.7M

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.


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