Alice may have defeated the Jabberwocky, but she was no match for Apocalypse.
Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” raked in a strong $8.2 million in Thursday-night previews at the North American box office, followed at a distant second by Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” with $1.5 million.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that “Apocalypse” performed on par with 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which earned $8.1 million in Thursday previews on its way to a $35.5 million opening day.
That’s still short of 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand,” which brought in $45.1 million on its first day, what was then a record for a Friday opening. That film finished the four-day Memorial Day Weekend with $102.7 million. Some early projections place “Apocalypse” in the $100 million range, but Fox is projecting somewhere around $85 million.
The film has already grossed more than $130 million overseas, where it began playing last weekend.
Disney, meanwhile, is banking on “Alice Through the Looking Glass” opening just north of $60 million, but THR notes that other sources think it’ll be closer to $55 million.
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