As overnight returns and some Friday box office receipts come in, it looks like Fox's "X-Men: Apocalypse" has taken a commanding lead on its competitor, Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass." Deadline has reported that the "X-Men" sequel is now targeting a $90 million 4-day opening weekend. The film already scored $8.2M during its Thursday preview night screenings and is on track to pull in around $30 million on opening day.
"Alice Through the Looking Glass," however, is now expected to take in a disappointing $40M during the Memorial Day weekend. Earlier projections had "Alice" coming in north of $50M, but expectations have been lowered following it's Thursday performance. The film only drew in $1.5M during its Thursday night screenings.
While a $90M opening weekend is nowhere near record-breaking, it would be in line with the franchise's performance. 2014's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" opened on the same weekend and pulled in $90.8M. "Apocalypse's" Thursday night haul actually barely beat "Days of Future Past's," so a similar opening weekend performance seems about right as of now.
"X-Men: Apocalypse" and "Alice Through the Looking Glass" are currently in theaters.