"X-Men: Apocalypse" Leads Friday U.S. Box Office With $26.4 Million

Although "X-Men: Apocalypse" dominated the North American box office on Friday with $26.4 million, the Fox sequel is performing well behind its 2014 predecessor.

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" opened with $35.5 million, on its way to a blockbuster $110.6 million Memorial Day Weekend. However, despite slightly outpacing the 2014 in Thursday-night previews, "Apocalypse" closed out Friday more than $9 million behind.

While more bullish estimates placed the Bryan Singer sequel on a trajectory to earn $100 million in its first weekend, Fox had been more conservative, with about $85 million. Following Thursday's receipts, industry projections were adjusted to $90 million, but now that figure seems more likely to be around $80 million.

It's a different story overseas, where "Apocalypse," with its estimated $178 million production budget, has pulled in more than $130 million as of Wednesday.

The film was trailed at the domestic box office Friday by Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass" with $10 million. That sequel is now projected to earn $30 million this weekend, significantly lower than early estimates of $55 million to $60 million.

(via Variety)

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