Box Office: ‘X-Men’ Lags and ‘Alice’ Flops
Memorial Day weekend, long a flagship launching pad in Hollywood’s summer, went bust at the box office, as a pair of poorly reviewed sequels disappointed. “X-Men: Apocalypse,” from 20th Century Fox, took in $79.8 million over the four-day weekend, according to final figures Tuesday. While a sizable sum, the debut was the sixth best of the eight “X-Men” movies, accounting for inflation. The film, directed by Bryan Singer, seeks to introduce a number of new cast members to the franchise. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” flopped altogether. The Walt Disney Co. release cost $170 million to make, but it grossed just $33.5 million over the holiday weekend, including Monday. The performance, well shy of the $60 million-plus the industry expected, came on the heels of domestic violence accusations against the film’s star, Johnny Depp, by his estranged wife, Amber Heard, in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday. The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Monday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Tuesday by comScore: 1. “X-Men: Apocalypse,” 20th Century Fox, $79,810,133, 4,150 locations, $19,231 average, $79,810,133, 1 week. 2. “Alice Through The Looking Glass,” Disney, $33,507,621, 3,763 locations, $8,904 average, $33,507,621, 1 week.