An Apocalypse Breaks Out at Box Office

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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.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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MichaelHovey More than 1 year ago
I personally loved Alice through the looking glass. It was visually stunning, creative as heck, had lots of twists and turns, and had great thought-provoking messages about time, honesty, and family bonds. Plus I thought the first two Cars movies were excellent from start to finish, and I can't wait to see a third one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Posted by First Comment Guy


I'm actually a massive Pixar fan, and I thought the first Cars was really good with the second one being just ok.


But that's the thing; Pixar is at their best when they're making original films (Inside Out being a prime example). I do hope Cars 3 is good if not great and that maybe people will stop hating on a franchise that isn't as bad as a lot of people make it out to be.


(P. S. I originally had thought that maybe Pixar wasn't even working on Cars 3. But I just found out this morning that we now not only know who's directing the film, but we also now have a plot, and it sounds like it could be great! Here's to a Happy 10th Birthday to the Cars franchise and to good luck to director Brian Fee :))

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Alice Through the Looking Glass bombing doesn't surprise me in the very least.

Before you stop reading, please know I'm not one of those anti-Disney trolls.

That being said, it was the sequel that NOBODY wanted. And the fact it was opening the same day as X-Men; Apocalypse was the nail in the coffin. You'd think Disney would've learned from their mistakes after The Lone Ranger. (That movie was opening the same day as Despicable Me 2, and TLR failed miserably)

On the bright side, maybe Pixar can learn from Disney's mistake; it's not too late to cancel Cars 3.
MichaelHovey More than 1 year ago
I personally loved Alice through the looking glass. It was visually stunning, creative as heck, had lots of twists and turns, and had great thought-provoking messages about time, honesty, and family bonds. Plus I thought the first two Cars movies were excellent from start to finish, and I can't wait to see a third one.