Sure, maybe the X-Men franchise may be losing a bit of its mystique. But the superhero squadron still managed to be a beast at the box office over the weekend. According to early estimates, X-Men: Apocalypse stormed multiplexes around the country for an iceman-cool $65.3 million ($80 million if you lump in Monday’s Memorial Day holiday). Granted, that’s not Captain America: Civil War money (which made $179.1 million its opening frame). It’s not even Deadpool money (which banked $132.4 million). But it’s worth at least a minor jubilee for its backers at Fox, I’d say.
Alas, things looked a bit darker for Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass. Plugged In liked the movie just fine, but the rest of the critical world wasn’t so kind. Bad reviews and lackluster interest meant the movie only collected a mere $27 million, shattering the Looking Glass’s chance at victory.
Last week’s champ, The Angry Birds Movie, fluttered to third this week, bombarding piggy banks for another $18.8 million. It’s well off the Angry Birds‘ high score, of course—it earned $38.2 million last week—but still, that’s not too (ahem) cheep.
Meanwhile, Captain America: Civil War continues to pile up the cash. it earned another $15.4 million to finish fourth and officially become the year’s top grossing movie in North America. According to Box Office Mojo, the third Captain America movie has collected $372.9 million, easing ahead of Deadpool’s $362.8 mil. Oh, and it helped push its home studio, Disney, over the $4 billion mark for the year.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising closed out the Top Five with $9.3 million. I’d make a pun here, but hey, I’ve been on vacation. I’m a little rusty.
Final figures update: 1. X-Men: Apocalypse, $65.8 million; 2. Alice Through the Looking Glass, $26.9 million; 3. The Angry Birds Movie, $18.8 million; 4. Captain America: Civil War, $15.4 million; 5. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, $9.4 million.