Apocalypse earned $65 million for the three-day weekend and the film's four-day holiday gross at an estimated $80 million from 4,150 theaters. The gross is 30 percent behind Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past ($110 million). There is a major difference between the two films: Apocalypse was slammed by many critics, who adored Days of Future Past, released in 2010 over Memorial Day weekend.
Tracking suggested Apocalypse would gross $85 million-$100 million. Fox, however, said that the film's earnings will be in the $80 million range.
On Friday afternoon, the $178 million superhero film looked like it would gross $90 million or more, but the film failed to live up to its expectations. Apocalypse is also doing good business in other parts of the world. The mutants took in $55.3 million from 79 markets internationally for a foreign total of $185.8 million and a global cumulative gross of $265.8 million through Monday.
Meanwhile, Disney's big-budget Alice Through the Looking Glass failed to entertain the audience. The film received dismal reviews across the board, grossing $28.1 million from 3,763 locations over the three-day weekend for an estimated $35 million four-day debut. The earnings were 70 percent less than Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, which opened to $116 million in 2010.
"It's disappointing. The domestic opening is wildly less than what every tracking service had us at," said Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis. "We're in the tentpole business. More often than not, they turn out to be huge successes. We'll continue to take those big bets. In this instance, it didn't turn out as we hoped."