‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Makes $26.4 Million Friday

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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

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Noah Villaverde

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  • Carl

    The movie is better than the RT score it’s getting. Around a 7.5 for me. Better than DoFP but not 1st Class.

    $80 million though for Thursday through the holiday on Monday isn’t great for the X-Men. DoFP did $110 in that time.

    • unpaidpundit

      This film has more competition than DoFP had.

      • Carl

        True.

    • breakerbaker

      It will break $100M. But anything shy of $140M will be a disappointment for the studio.

  • unpaidpundit

    Film critics long for attention, that is why they like to make provocative statements about movies, especially when those provocative statements are negative. Remember the hysterical, negative tone of the criticism for the Star Wars prequels? The media critics were trying to outdo each other with over the top criticism in order to garner more attention than their peers. The Star Wars prequels were horrendous, terrible, insulting, degrading, monstrous, racist and anti-Semitic!

    It appears that “X-Men: Apocalypse” is critic proof, and it must be so deeply galling to the media critics that no one is paying attention to them.

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      The movie is going to open reasonably well. Audience reactions from early previews has been fairly tepid, which is a bad sign. Bad reviews from professionals and tepid reviews from the general audience are indicators of a movie that is likely to fall off a cliff even if it opens strong relatively strong. See: BvS.

      Transformers is critic proof. Fast and the Furious is critic proof. X-Men fans expect something at least slightly more than mindless action. These movies are no where near critic proof.

      As an aside, this may be the first time I’ve ever seen somebody defend the prequels from the perspective where it’s presumably meant to be an accepted fact that people are too hard on those movies.

      • unpaidpundit

        I’m not sure that Transformers is critic proof. The last Transformers opened big, but did it have staying power? The last Fast and Furious film got rave reviews for politically correct reasons, even though it had no plot or characterization. The media critics were thrilled by the diverse cast.

        • Marquis de Sade

          Uhhh, Transformers: Age of Extinction did $1.104 billion at the b.o….I’d go out on a limb and say it had “STAYIN’ POWER”, and was critic proof. + When did DIVERSITY in those FAST FURIOUS movies equate to POLITICAL CORRECTNESS???