Box Office: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Takes 1st, ‘Alice’ Underperforms

James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence in X-Men: Apocalypse
Jennifer Lawrence as Raven / Mystique, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, James McAvoy as Charles / Professor X, Lucas Till as Alex Summers / Havok and Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy / Beast in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ (Photo © 2015 Marvel, 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

The 2016 Memorial Day holiday weekend finished up with the latest X-Men movie, X-Men: Apocalypse, earning the top spot on the box office chart despite less than rave reviews. 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse is one of the worst reviewed films of the entire X-Men franchise, with RottenTomatoes summing up critical reaction to the film with this description: “Overloaded action and a cliched villain take the focus away from otherwise strong performers and resonant themes, making X-Men: Apocalypse a middling chapter of the venerable superhero franchise.” Despite negative reviews, X-Men: Apocalypse managed an $80 million four-day take for the PG-13 film directed by Bryan Singer and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, and Sophie Turner.

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass, effectively put an end to the franchise – at least with this cast. Alice in Wonderland opened in 2010 to an incredible $114 million domestic box office take, but the sequel failed to generate any heat over its first four days in release. Scathing reviews combined with the domestic abuse charges brought by Amber Heard against Johnny Depp likely combined to keep potential moviegoers away from Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Box Office Top 10: May 27-30, 2016

  1. X-Men: Apocalypse – $80,000,000
  2. Alice Through the Looking Glass – $34,174,000
  3. The Angry Birds Movie – $24,600,000
  4. Captain America: Civil War – $19,717,000
  5. Neighbors 2 – $11,443,600
  6. The Jungle Book – $9,235,000
  7. The Nice Guys – $8,145,000
  8. Money Monster – $5,550,000
  9. Love and Frienship – $3,115,031
  10. Zootopia – $1,133,000