Bryan Singer’s X-MEN: APOCALYPSE brought in an estimated $22.3 million (domestic) during the weekend, a 66% drop from its opening 3-day weekend haul of $65 million. This was a bigger drop than expected, with competition coming from “Ninja Turtles” and other similarly-themed theatrical releases.
Analysts predict “Apocalypse” will end up making no more than $160-165 million in the states, which is below the film’s production budget of $178 million. To compare, the first “X-Men” in 2000 finished with $157 million, “Days of Future Past” with $233 million and “Deadpool” with $362 million.
Audiences overseas are bringing the heat though, with the film earning more than $84.4 million during the weekend. That number includes China’s impressive opening of $59 million, which is Fox’s second-largest opening in the country. International numbers now stand at $286 million, bringing the current worldwide total to more than $400.9 million.
Despite praise from fans and the general public with an A- Cinemascore, “Apocalypse” received one of the worst Rotten Tomatoes scores compared to any other film in the X-Men franchise (besides “X-Men Origin: Wolverine”) with 48%.
“It’s a challenging marketplace, to be sure, but the domestic opening coupled with the international rollout puts us in terrific shape,” said Fox domestic distribution chief, Chris Aronson to Variety last month.
In related news, DEADPOOL finally made its way to Japan, where it brought in an estimated $6.48 million, bringing its worldwide total up to $772.3 million. It’s the largest-ever opening for an X-Men movie there.
Source: Box Office Mojo