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05.29.2016

X-Men: Apocalypse wins the weekend!

Many mighty mutants engaged in destructive battle this Memorial Day weekend, putting X-MEN: APOCALYPSE in the top spot at the box office with an estimated $65 million!

Director Bryan Singer's fourth time behind the camera for the superhero series came up far short of the opening of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, which scored $90.8 million when it debuted in May 2014.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, now the ninth Fox feature to adapt Marvel Comics mutants, also started with less than half the $132 million opening of this year's R-rated DEADPOOL (which only cost around a third of the reported $175 million budget for APOCALYPSE).

In fact, among the X-franchise the first weekend of APOCALYPSE is only ahead of THE WOLVERINE ($53 million), FIRST CLASS ($55.1 million) and the orginal X-MEN ($54.4 million) in 2000.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE is expected to gather $80 million total over the four-day holiday weekend, and has already collected an additional $185 million from international territories (although it seems unlikely to reach the $747 million worldwide total of DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, or the $763 million global finish of DEADPOOL). Like the movie's cast of characters, critics were divided with a current 48% average on Rotten Tomatoes.

Opening in second place was the sequel ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS with $28.1 million. While Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Mia Wasikowska all returned (but not director Tim Burton), Disney's colorful fantasy follow-up couldn't even scrape together a quarter of ALICE IN WONDERLAND's stellar $116 million opening back in 2010 (it went on to cross $1 billion worldwide).

The second trip to Lewis Carroll's vibrant wonderland, which came with a reported $170 production price tag, should end up with $35 million over the four-day period and has made an additional $65 million overseas. Critics didn't particularly enjoy the psychedelic journey, giving it 29% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Game adaptation THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE fluttered to third with $18.7 million, a 51% descent from its first-place opening last weekend. The feathered friends flung from mobile devices now have a 10-day domestic total of $66.3 million and a worldwide total of $223.5 million.

In fourth place was Marvel's CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR with $15.1 million on its fourth weekend in theaters for a domestic total of $372 million, surpassing DEADPOOL's $362 million to become the biggest domestic hit of 2016.

Cap's third solo adventure (well, with some high-profile friends) has also reached $1.1 billion worldwide, passing THE DARK KNIGHT RISES to become the fourth highest-grossing superhero movie in history, with only fellow Marvel releases ahead of it (IRON MAN 3 and the two AVENGERS movies).

NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING was in fifth with $9.1 million, losing 58% of business from last weekend's opening. The R-rated Seth Rogen/Rose Byrne/Zac Efron comedy sequel has a 10-day domestic total of $38.3 million and has made $74.8 million worldwide (on a reported $35 million budget).

In sixth was Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK with $6.9 million for a domestic total of $338 million and $877 million worldwide. Shane Black's R-rated comedy-drama THE NICE GUYS was in seventh with $6.3 million, down 43% from its opening last week. The Ryan Gosling/Russell Crowe detective tale has a 10-day domestic total of $21.7 million.

The George Clooney/Julia Roberts thriller MONEY MONSTER was in eighth, while the Kate Beckinsale period drama LOVE & FRIENDSHIP expanded to nearly 500 screens and jumped into ninth with $2.4 million. Disney's ZOOTOPIA closed out the list, enjoying its thirteenth consecutive weekend in the Top 10 while it comes within a paw's reach of $1 billion worldwide.

Outside the chart, THE DARKNESS and MOTHER'S DAY departed along with THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER'S WAR. The videogame adaptation WARCRAFT doesn't open in North America until June 10, but was already released in some international territories this weekend and made $31 million.

Next week brings back the half-shell heroes for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, while Andy Samberg takes the stage in the satire POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING and "Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke finds romance in ME BEFORE YOU.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. X-Men: Apocalypse $65 M
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2. Alice Through the Looking Glass $28.1 M
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3. The Angry Birds Movie $18.7 M $66.3 M
4. Captain America: Civil War $15.1 M $372.6 M
5. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising $9.1 M $38.3 M
6. The Jungle Book $6.9 M $338.4 M
7. The Nice Guys $6.3 M $21.7 M
8. Money Monster $4.2 M $33.9 M
9. Love & Friendship $2.4 M $3.4 M
10. Zootopia $1 M $335.8 M

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1:28PM on 05/30/2016
Really enjoyed X-Men. Much like a lot of other part 3 of comic book films, I feel a lot of hate comes from it not being as good as the 2 films before it, but that doesn't make it a bad film (similar to how I feel about Dark Knight Rises). It's much better than something like X-Men 3, Iron Man 3, or Blade Trinity.
Disney will most likely take a loss on Alice, but the year's not even half done and they've made a Billion dollars domestically with Zootopia, Jungle Book, and Civil War. They still
Really enjoyed X-Men. Much like a lot of other part 3 of comic book films, I feel a lot of hate comes from it not being as good as the 2 films before it, but that doesn't make it a bad film (similar to how I feel about Dark Knight Rises). It's much better than something like X-Men 3, Iron Man 3, or Blade Trinity.
Disney will most likely take a loss on Alice, but the year's not even half done and they've made a Billion dollars domestically with Zootopia, Jungle Book, and Civil War. They still have a Pixar film, another Marvel film, and a Star Wars film (and I think 1 more animated film). Does any company stand a chance of making more than Disney in the next few years, because if so I don't see how.
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3:17PM on 05/30/2016
I actually feel very similar to you as well. I enjoy each one for what they are. I'm a bigger X-Men fan that Avengers, but again, each has there own approach and I'm ok with that as well...I don't want the same feel, style, etc...over and over again but at the same time I enjoy the homages and tie-ins to other films from each series. Not every comic book franchise need to have a "shared universe"...
I actually feel very similar to you as well. I enjoy each one for what they are. I'm a bigger X-Men fan that Avengers, but again, each has there own approach and I'm ok with that as well...I don't want the same feel, style, etc...over and over again but at the same time I enjoy the homages and tie-ins to other films from each series. Not every comic book franchise need to have a "shared universe"...
11:36AM on 05/30/2016
The Nice Guys SHOULD be doing much better. It's devastating that an original film like that is being vastly under seen.

Outside of the blockbusters, it's my favorite film of the year so far.
The Nice Guys SHOULD be doing much better. It's devastating that an original film like that is being vastly under seen.

Outside of the blockbusters, it's my favorite film of the year so far.
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8:48AM on 05/30/2016

Enjoyed it!

I don't know why a lot of people are dissing this movie so much. It's one thing to not like a movie. But, I've read people saying it's awful. Really? An awful movie is "Catwoman". An awful movie is "Spider-Man 3". Maybe we are spoiled now by the great movies that come out. Was this great? No. Was it faithful to the comics? I don't know. I wasn't really an "X-Men" reader. Does that matter in the end all? Bryan Singer is making movies for everyone to enjoy, not just the comic fans. And lets
I don't know why a lot of people are dissing this movie so much. It's one thing to not like a movie. But, I've read people saying it's awful. Really? An awful movie is "Catwoman". An awful movie is "Spider-Man 3". Maybe we are spoiled now by the great movies that come out. Was this great? No. Was it faithful to the comics? I don't know. I wasn't really an "X-Men" reader. Does that matter in the end all? Bryan Singer is making movies for everyone to enjoy, not just the comic fans. And lets face it, it's kind of hard to go from comic to big screen.
There were several scenes in "Apocalypse" that I really enjoyed. So, IMO they did a good job of entertaining me.
There are dozens of characters in this movie, and it's pretty much impossible to give them all proper treatment in 2.5 hours. That's why they have sequels!Yeah...JLaw wasn't the best. But, Fassbender, Mcavoy, Peters, Smit-McPhee, were good. And the cameo by you know who was fantastic. Apocalypse himself wasn't as all powerful as he was built up to be...but, he worked enough for me. More so in the beginning and middle than the end..but, oh well. Every movie can't have a Joker. Even Marvel/Disney can't get the villains right.
Don't go in with high expectations, or demanding faithfulness to the comic..and you should enjoy yourself!
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8:57PM on 05/29/2016

Two things

1.) This movie wasn't bad, it was actually pretty enjoyable, but the last act was choppy and felt less than fresh.
2.) Not every movie has to be a Marvel schlock fest. People want different things in super hero movies. And why are people bringing up BVS? That made nearly $900 million dollars despite being savaged by ridiculous criticism.
3.) This movie is all over the Internet. Perhaps they need to stop these staggered international release dates.
That's three things, I know.
1.) This movie wasn't bad, it was actually pretty enjoyable, but the last act was choppy and felt less than fresh.
2.) Not every movie has to be a Marvel schlock fest. People want different things in super hero movies. And why are people bringing up BVS? That made nearly $900 million dollars despite being savaged by ridiculous criticism.
3.) This movie is all over the Internet. Perhaps they need to stop these staggered international release dates.
That's three things, I know.
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6:02PM on 05/29/2016
I would be kind of surprised if X-Men doesn't go the way of BvS. It was very underwhelming, a very typical comic book romp and probably one of the most boring films of the franchise, right behind Wolverine and X-3. I'm not sure how the franchise could take a step back after delivering two very solid movies. Oh well, they can't all be Civil War, I guess. Glad The Nice Guys is hanging in there. It's easily one of the best films I've seen this year.
I would be kind of surprised if X-Men doesn't go the way of BvS. It was very underwhelming, a very typical comic book romp and probably one of the most boring films of the franchise, right behind Wolverine and X-3. I'm not sure how the franchise could take a step back after delivering two very solid movies. Oh well, they can't all be Civil War, I guess. Glad The Nice Guys is hanging in there. It's easily one of the best films I've seen this year.
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8:58PM on 05/29/2016
Uh, BVS made nearly $900 million. This movie probably won't clear half that. I know what you're trying to get at, but it's a bad analogy.
Uh, BVS made nearly $900 million. This movie probably won't clear half that. I know what you're trying to get at, but it's a bad analogy.
5:32PM on 05/29/2016

X-Men Rocked

My family loved it. Not sure what the criticism was, but I thought the movie was great. I hope they make more!
My family loved it. Not sure what the criticism was, but I thought the movie was great. I hope they make more!
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6:05PM on 05/29/2016
the criticism is coming from the fanboy run movie websites (Collider,HitFlix,etc) who feel that even though they took a journalism class, that they know alot about film and are all of a sudden experts on editing, pacing, philosophy, world history etc etc and have ONE movie directed in their mind of what the movie should be and when they don't get it, it's bad. They are now blinded by the never ending quote of "Sell the rights back to Marvel" because apparently Marvel can do no wrong.

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the criticism is coming from the fanboy run movie websites (Collider,HitFlix,etc) who feel that even though they took a journalism class, that they know alot about film and are all of a sudden experts on editing, pacing, philosophy, world history etc etc and have ONE movie directed in their mind of what the movie should be and when they don't get it, it's bad. They are now blinded by the never ending quote of "Sell the rights back to Marvel" because apparently Marvel can do no wrong.

Case in point. When Singer came back after a long hiatus, everyone cheered his return claiming "only Singer can make a good X-men movie"

now with Apocalypse, the same fanboys cry out "Get Singer out of here, he hasn't even made ONE REAL X-men movie"

these people are hypocrites.
6:12PM on 05/29/2016
Wrong the criticisms are coming from everyone with half a brain that isn't blinded and hypnotized by special effects alone. Just like BVS the majority of the public knew this looked like shit on a stick based on the trailers alone. When your main villain looks like Ivan Ooze, you have a fucking problem. Follow the source material = Profit, don't follow it and you end up with BVS and this. Fox did Deadpool faithfully and was amply rewarded for it, but Bryan Singer feels he is better than the
Wrong the criticisms are coming from everyone with half a brain that isn't blinded and hypnotized by special effects alone. Just like BVS the majority of the public knew this looked like shit on a stick based on the trailers alone. When your main villain looks like Ivan Ooze, you have a fucking problem. Follow the source material = Profit, don't follow it and you end up with BVS and this. Fox did Deadpool faithfully and was amply rewarded for it, but Bryan Singer feels he is better than the creators of all of the characters. Whelp welcome to only making 65million over the opening weekend and 1/3 your budget. Its not just fanboi's and websites, its the majority of the people speaking.

And for the record there were only 2 good Xmen movies in my eyes Xmen 2, and First Class. Though Deadpool was the best Mutant universe movie they have ever made surpassing both Xmen 2 and First Class imo. Why? Because it faithful to the source material in a way no Fox movie ever has been.
7:32PM on 05/29/2016
@Wopolopolus - You can't change my mind and insulting me won't help. Sucks for you.
@Wopolopolus - You can't change my mind and insulting me won't help. Sucks for you.
8:04PM on 05/29/2016
I've heard a lot of criticisms that the character of Apocalypse just isn't very exciting on screen, because he's an omnipotent villain with little complexity. And that it sacrifices the main struggle of the X-Men, that has been trying to fit in with society, which is what a lot of fans look for with the X-Men. They don't need to be big like The Avengers, because their main struggle is internal. And so having mutants have a big battle is actually proving how dangerous they really are.
I've heard a lot of criticisms that the character of Apocalypse just isn't very exciting on screen, because he's an omnipotent villain with little complexity. And that it sacrifices the main struggle of the X-Men, that has been trying to fit in with society, which is what a lot of fans look for with the X-Men. They don't need to be big like The Avengers, because their main struggle is internal. And so having mutants have a big battle is actually proving how dangerous they really are.
9:02PM on 05/29/2016
***SPOILER ALERT*** ***SPOILER ALERT*** ***SPOILER ALERT***

It is a great movie, don't get me wrong. My main problem about the movie is that Apocalypse isn't menacing enough. We see him use his immense power throughout the movie. However, by the third act, he relies on his Four Horsemen's power instead of his powerful mutant power, apart from his mind battle with Professor X. It seems a bit anti-climactic.
***SPOILER ALERT*** ***SPOILER ALERT*** ***SPOILER ALERT***

It is a great movie, don't get me wrong. My main problem about the movie is that Apocalypse isn't menacing enough. We see him use his immense power throughout the movie. However, by the third act, he relies on his Four Horsemen's power instead of his powerful mutant power, apart from his mind battle with Professor X. It seems a bit anti-climactic.
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