Weekend box office: X-Men: Apocalypse crushes Alice Through The Looking Glass

There are several storylines circling around the weekend box office, but the most common one is going to be around the head to head match up of two sequels and how X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (click the link to read our review) doubled the weekend gross of ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS.  But if we take a closer look at these two films, the story is much worse.  First, Fox will be happy that X-Men took the top spot, but they have to be majorly concerned the highly anticipated film couldn’t come close to X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, which opened with $90 million.  That’s a good $30 million less for Apocalypse, although when you stretch it to the four day weekend, the numbers aren’t quite as bad.  But still, it has to be disturbing for Fox, especially when you take into consideration the negative critic reception.  Disney has had an incredible year already, but ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS looks to be the studios first major misstep since the film is really struggling.  In comparison, the original ALICE IN WONDERLAND took in a whopping $116 million on its opening weekend and right now Looking Glass is going to be lucky to get $30 million.

Next week should be another interesting weekend.  First up is the sequel TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, which is another sequel I’m not sure anyone wanted.  Then we have POPSTAR: NEVER STOP STOPPING, which looks funny, but I’m not sure will have the mass appeal that merits a summer release.  Then we have my wildcard of the summer, ME BEFORE YOU.  I know you might think I’m crazy about ME BEFORE YOU, but the excitement around this film reminds me of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, which went on to be a huge hit.  It’s the same kind of sad story and although I don’t think it will take the top spot, I do think it will do well.  I actually think TMNT2 will grab the top spot since I don’t think X-Men can hold onto an audience given the negative reception.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final and are for the three day weekend only.

1. X-Men: Apocalypse $66.1m

2. Alice Through the Looking Glass $31.3m

3. The Angry Birds Movie $20.1m

4. Captain America: Civil War $16.5m

5. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising $9.4m

6. The Jungle Book $7.6m

7. The Nice Guys $6.8m

8. Money Monster $4.3m

9. Love and Friendship $2.7m

10. Zootopia $1m

(Deadline)

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