BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Despite average reviews by movie critics, 20th Century Fox‘s X-Men: Apocalypse did not flop completely in the box office markets. The movie grossed $65.3 million over the Memorial Day weekend to emerge number one in the box office. It took in $55.3 million from 79 markets internationally for a foreign total of $185.8 million.
Speaking about the progress, Fox domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson said, “We’re very happy with this result as we introduce new characters in the X-Men universe. And for us to be at this number globally already means we’re in good shape.”
According to THR, on Friday afternoon, the $178 million superhero tentpole looked like it would take in $90 million or more, but traffic slowed as the evening wore on. Globally, Apocalypse is in good shape. The mutants (it opened in numerous markets a week ago) and a global cume of $265.8 million through Monday.
Apocalypse stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Lucas Till, Oscar Isaac, Alexandra Shipp, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Munn, Sophie Turner, Ben Hardy, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Hugh Jackman with a cameo as Wolverine and was helmed by Bryan Singer.
Coming not so close but in second place was Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass with about $27 million from cinemas. The movie not only flunked in the box office, it got terrible reviews too. Some reports are even saying Johnny Depp‘s recent marital troubles are a contributing factor to the movie’s failure in its opening weekend as a lot of people wanted to see the movie just because Depp was in it. James Bobin also took over from Tim Burton who directed the first installment of the film Alice In Wonderland.
Speaking about the below par performance of the Disney movie, Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis said, “It’s disappointing. The domestic opening is wildly less than what every tracking service had us at. We’re in the tentpole business. More often than not, they turn out to be huge successes. We’ll continue to take those big bets. In this instance, it didn’t turn out as we hoped.”