X-Men: Apocalypse opened last weekend, beating out Alice Though the Looking Glass to the coveted Number One slot for the Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately, tepid reviews may have prevented it from truly soaring. While the estimated $80 million it gathered in its first four days are nothing to sniff at, they are significantly lower than its predecessor, Days of Future Past's $110 million opening weekend haul.
As is often the case with the tentpole-crowded summer months, Apocalypse looks to face some stiff competition in its second weekend with the opening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. And it looks like Paramount's heroes in a half shell will pose a bigger threat than Fox may have originally anticipated.
A report from Deadline estimates that the Michael Bay produced Turtles sequel is expected to edge out the Marvel mutants, who should see a moderate second weekend dropoff of 55-60 percent ($26-29.6 million). This is in spite of the fact that Out of the Shadows is also expected to earn significantly less than its predecessor (an estimated $30-35 million, compared to the original's $65 million).
How extensively the competition will affect X-Men:Apocalypse's long-term box office haul is yet to be seen. In a year that's already seen several major superhero films (including Fox's own wildly successful Deadpool), the franchise that has been around in one form or another since 2000 may suffer from seeming like "more of the same."
Regardless of its reviews, it's likely that X-Men would have struggled against Turtles, which shares a target demographic of folks looking for big explosive fun. Additionally, though titles to which Bay is attached may not always be critical darlings, they still tend to prove successful at the box office. His 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was largely panned, and early response to Out of the Shadows shows it falling in line with the previous film.
Whether or not Apocalypse proves to have legs in the following weeks should provide for some interesting speculation on Fox's future plans for their Marvel template. While it currently seems unlikely that the film will lose money, this dip of the franchise may be enough to have them reconsidering their options for where to take the mutants in future installments. But, whether the box office returns of Apocalypse affect Fox's plan and how Out of the Shadows performs in its opening weekend, remains to be seen.
Tune back to Screen Rant for updates on the box office progress of Apocalypse and Out of the Shadows.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opens in U.S. theaters on June 3rd, 2016.
X-Men: Apocalypse is now playing in theaters. Wolverine 3 opens in U.S. theaters on March 3rd, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017 (possibly Gambit), March 2nd, 2018 (possibly Deadpool 2), and June 29th, 2018 (possibly New Mutants). X-Force is also in development.