Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse is shaping up to be a big hit as it is set to dominate the Memorial Day weekend box office in its North American debut. According to Box Office Mojo, the latest entry in 20th Century Fox’s Mutant franchise opened to $26.4 million on Friday, and is estimated to earn over $80 million through the four-day weekend. This number nearly matches the previous film, X-Men: Days of Future Past in terms of Thursday-night previews, but brought in less than $9 million in Friday totals.
As of right now, X-Men: Apocalypse has made over $141.8 million worldwide on a budget of over $178 million. The film is poised to dominate the entire weekend here in the U.S., against competition with Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass – which has opened to $9.7 million in Friday totals.
Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 48%, Singer’s film will perform well financially. It’s still interesting to see that Deadpool, an R-Rated comic book film had opened to bigger numbers than this film which has already been part of an established movie franchise since 2000.
Worshiped as a god since the dawn of civilization, the immortal Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) becomes the first and most powerful mutant. Awakening after thousands of years, he recruits the disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and other mutants to create a new world order. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) lead a team of young X-Men to stop their seemingly invincible nemesis from destroying mankind.
X-Men: Apocalypse is in theaters now.
Source: Box Office Mojo