X-Men: Apocalypse will be the sixth X-Men film within the main series - concluding the prequel trilogy that began with X-Men: First Class and continued with X-Men: Days of Future Past. The prequels rebooted the Marvel mutant franchise that began in 2000 with X-Men, followed by X2: X-Men United, and X-Men: The Last Stand. However, the larger franchise also includes the series of Wolverine films, as well as the standalone Deadpool film that was released earlier in 2016.
Twentieth Century Fox found success with both X-Men: Days of Future Past and Deadpool, each film having set records with their box office earnings and garnering praise from critics and fans alike. Now, while the reviews for X-Men: Apocalypse may not compare to those of Days of Future Past and Deadpool, the new film's Thursday night box office shows promise of financial success.
Deadline is reporting X-Men: Apocalypse raked in $8.2 million from its Thursday night domestic showings in 3,565 theaters. In comparison, Days of Future Past made $8.1 million during its Thursday night release in 2014, and $35.5 million in its first day - though X-Men: The Last Stand holds the best Memorial Day Friday earnings with $41.5 million. The second highest grossing film on Thursday night this year is Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass, which garnered $1.5 million.
In terms of Apocalypse's box office for the entire four-day Memorial Day weekend, Deadline is reporting projections are as high as $100 million plus, while Fox is projecting $80 million or more. As for the all-time ranking of Memorial Day domestic openers, X-Men: The Last Stand falls third with $122.9 million, and Days of Future Past in fifth with $110.6 million.
Certainly, this Thursday night box office report seems to be on track with what experts have been projecting - including X-Men: Apocalypse beating out Alice Through the Looking Glass. Additionally, the fact that Apocalypse has somewhat surpassed the Thursday night earnings of Days of Future Past may indicate the movie's weekend opening could also prove to be more than the previous installment in the X-Men series, and perhaps rival the gross of The Last Stand.
Still, X-Men: Apocalypse will be working against less-than-favorable reviews from critics, though the response from fans hasn't been quite as harsh. For instance, X-Men: Apocalypse currently sits with a 46 percent critic rating and 73 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. So, although X-Men: Apocalypse's scores fall beneath those of Days of Future Past, the newest X-Men entry is still likely to land in the #1 box office spot this Memorial Day.
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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), January 12th, 2018 (possibly Deadpool 2), and July 13th, 2018 (possibly New Mutants). X-Force is also in development.