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While the first few months aren't traditionally known for huge box office debuts, 2016 has proven to be an anomaly, with a number of blockbusters arriving in the first half of this year. Deadpool shattered box office records left and right with a $132.4 million opening, en route to becoming the biggest R-rated movie of all time with $763.2 million worldwide. That movie's three-weekend streak atop the box office was ended by another blockbuster, Disney's Zootopia, which has become a huge hit with fans and critics alike, earning a whopping $991.8 million worldwide. While we don't know if it will cross $1 billion yet, with its release on Blu-ray and DVD next week, the animated movie has now become the second biggest original movie in box office history, behind James Cameron's Avatar.
This report from Forbes sheds some light on Zootopia's success, which is even more impressive in today's current movie climate that is oversaturated with reboots, »
Featuring a cracking voice cast, lush animation and an entertaining story at its heart, Zootopia not only proved to be one of this year’s early crowd-pleasers, it also soared close to $1 billion at the international box office.
That’s an impressive tally as is, but what really fired Byron Howard and Rich Moore’s animation into the history books was the fact that Zootopia stands as a successful movie, yes, but also an original one. In a report by Forbes, the outlet reveals that Howard and Moore’s adventure is now second only to James Cameron’s Avatar in Hollywood’s ranking of highest-grossing original movies; that is, feature films “not based on a television show, a comic book, a novel, or a stage play.”
This, coupled with the barnstorming success of Captain America: Civil War has ensured Disney’s box office haul for the year is nearing $4 billion in total. »
- Michael Briers
“X-Men: Apocalypse” easily topped the Memorial Day weekend box office, racking up a commanding $80 million over the four-day period in an otherwise forgettable holiday for the movie business.
Its victory came at the expense of “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” which is shaping up to be one of the year’s biggest bombs. The follow-up to 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland” eked out $34.2 million over the four-day holiday, a far cry from the $116.1 million debut of the first film, and a disastrous start for a pricey movie.
Final numbers are still being tallied, but even though this year’s Memorial Day topped last year’s holiday, it trails the record of $314.2 million established in 2013. That weekend saw a clash between “Fast & Furious 6” and “The Hangover III,” and while this edition also fielded a high-profile matchup between “X-Men” and “Alice in Wonderland” sequels, overall ticket sales were somewhat disappointing. ComScore estimates »
- Brent Lang
Alice Through the Looking Glass has taken $35m in box-office receipts in the Us, well short of $70m estimates
Hopes had been high for Alice Through the Looking Glass, the Tim Burton-produced follow-up to Alice in Wonderland, which made more than $1bn for Disney in 2010. But a combination of the time lag between the films, lukewarm reviews and the negative publicity generated by its star being issued with a restraining order against his wife on the day of release, appear to have required some expectation adjustment.
Pundits had predicted a take between $60-79m from the Us over the Memorial Day weekend; $35m now seems realistic, after the film made just $28m from the first three days.
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- Catherine Shoard
It was supposed to be a competitive race this weekend, with two blockbuster sequels grabbing large hauls of Memorial Day weekend dollars. But it wasn't even close. As the holiday revelry ends, "X-Men: Apocalypse" stands as a modest superhero hit, while "Alice Through the Looking Glass" has fallen down the rabbit hole.
"X-Men" always had the edge, as it was opening on 400 more screens than "Alice." As it turned out, it debuted near the low end of expectations, with an estimated $65.0 million through Sunday and a likely $80 million for the four-day weekend. That's not up to the franchise's usual standards, but it's not terrible.
And it's far better than "Alice," which mustered only an estimated $28.1 million through Sunday, with a projected four-day weekend of $35.6 million. For a movie that cost a reported $170 million to make, that's a catastrophe.
What happened? Was "Alice" a foreseeable disaster? In some ways, although it »
- Gary Susman
While most hit movies are able to produce a sequel within two years of the original.s release, that wasn.t the story for Alice in Wonderland. Instead, it look six years for Alice Through The Looking Glass, and in that time actress Mia Wasikowska has gone on to star in some fascinating and excellent projects. In coming back to the role of Alice, however, director James Bobin did his part to literally throw her back into the part . specifically by having her first day on set be a sequence where she is falling into Underland. Earlier this month, I had the pleasant opportunity to sit down with Mia Wasikowska at the Alice Through The Looking Glass press day in London, England, and while we touched on many aspects of her return to the part, one of the funniest bits of trivia she revealed was how the production schedule made »
The restraining order Amber Heard has taken out against husband Johnny Depp doesn't seem to have dampened enthusiasm (at least locally) for his latest movie, Alice Through The Looking Glass, with the sequel to 2010's Alice in Wonderland narrowly beating Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse at the Australian box office over the weekend.
Again starring Depp and Mia Masikowska but this time directed by James Bobin rather than Tim Burton, the film debuted on 278 screens and rang up $2.9 million over the weekend, while Apocalypse, on approximately the same number of screens in its second week, took around $50,000 less after dropping fifty-five percent.
Bryan Singer's fourth X-Men film has now made $10.8 million overall at the local B.O.
Sony's The Angry Birds Movie was next best, »
- Harry Windsor
Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” topped the foreign box office, earning a respectable $65 million this weekend from nearly 80 foreign territories.
However, the fantasy adventure is still staring at a write-down after bombing domestically, where it earned a meagre $28.1 million in its opening weekend. By the time it ends its run, the follow-up to 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland” will have a hard time even earning half of its predecessor’s $1 billion global haul.
“Alice Through the Looking Glass” did particularly well in China, where it generated an estimated $27.1 million. Other territories where it performed well include Mexico with $5 million, Russia with $4.6 million and Brazil with $4.1 million.
In its second weekend of international release, Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” added $55 million to its haul. The superhero sequel has earned $250.8 million globally. The film has debuted in most major foreign territories, but China (June 3) and Japan (Aug. 11) are still on deck.
- Brent Lang
Two new releases hit theaters this weekend, both vying for the box office crown over the Memorial Day holiday. 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse and Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass both squared off in hopes of taking the holiday weekend box office crown, but it was X-Men: Apocalypse that came away as the winner, taking in $65 million. Unfortunately, this opening weekend is the lowest in this new prequel trilogy.
Box Office Mojo reports that X-Men: Apocalypse's opening is the lowest debut since 2011's X-Men: First Class, which debuted with $55.1 million back in 2011. This debut also comes in far lower than 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past, which took in $90.8 million, and significantly lower than the studio's X-Men spinoff Deadpool, which took in $132.4 million, en route to becoming the franchise's top-grossing movie with $362.7 million domestic and $763.1 million worldwide.
Hollywood movies occupied the four top spots at the Chinese box office over the weekend, but their scores and the combined cumulative performance were on the low side of ordinary by recent standards.
“Alice Through The Looking Glass” opened in top spot with a three day weekend total of $26.3 million, deposing “The Angry Birds Movie.” That compares handsomely with the $34 million total achieved by “Alice in Wonderland” in China in 2010. But China’s box office has boomed since then, making such dated benchmarks almost meaningless.
A more recent comparative is last week’s opening for “Angry Birds,” which achieved $30.2 million.
In its second weekend, the “Birds” movie flapped on to $13.5 million for second place. Its score after 10 days is $51.3 million.
Third place was taken by “Captain America: Civil War” which took $4.3 million over the weekend and edged its cumulative up to $186 million.
“The Divergent Series: Allegiant” slipped from second to »
- Patrick Frater
In a 2005 episode of “Entourage” a super-agent played by Malcolm McDowell tells Jeremy Piven’s Ari Gold that his eight-year-old daughter knew that Johnny Depp was going to be a star when she watched “Platoon.”
“You showed her ‘Platoon’ when she was eight years old?” the hyper-caffinated Gold asks incredulously.
The joke may be about bad parenting, but the reality is that Depp was marked for stardom by Hollywood almost from the time he first turned heads in the Vietnam drama. After a brief detour into teen heartthrob-dom with the TV show “21 Jump Street,” Depp began justifying that initial enthusiasm, amassing well received turns in the likes of “Ed Wood” and “Edward Scissorhands.”
The movie industry was so convinced that the actor possessed that rare alchemy of talent and charisma that marks a true star, that it stuck by Depp for over a decade until he found his box office footing. »
- Brent Lang
The timing couldn't have been worse. On Friday, just as Alice Through the Looking Glass began playing in theaters, Johnny Depp's wife, Amber Heard, was granted a restraining order after alleging the Alice star had assaulted her and engaged in a pattern of domestic abuse throughout their 15-month marriage. She made the claims days after filing for divorce. The lurid news stories couldn't have come at a less opportune time for Depp — once one of the world's biggest movie stars — since he needs Through the Looking Glass to work. In 2010, Alice in Wonderland earned an astounding $1.
- Pamela McClintock
By Jake Coyle, AP Film Writer
New York (AP) -- Johnny Depp's "Alice Through the Looking Glass" bombed over the Memorial Day weekend with just $28.1 million through Sunday in North American theaters, while "X-Men: Apocalypse" debuted on top with an estimated $65 million.
The anticipated showdown of the two big-budget films turned out to be little contest for 20th Century Fox's latest "X-Men" installment.
On Friday, when "Alice" was opening in theaters, Amber Heard, Depp's wife, was granted a restraining order after alleging the actor previously assaulted her.
The poorly reviewed "Alice in Wonderland" sequel had been expected to open around $60 million.
Disney estimated that "Alice" would gross $35.6 million over the four-day weekend. It cost some $170 million to make. "X-Men" is on track for about $80 million through Monday. »
- The Associated Press
Three-day Memorial Day weekend results are in and while the numbers at the top are soft compared to franchise predecessors, the weekend was an overall improvement compared to 2015 when Memorial Day took place one week earlier. X-Men: Apocalypse led the weekend charge, matching the studio's expectations, followed by Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass, which fell well short of what the studio was hoping for. That said, Disney's coffers aren't exactly barren as the studio is expected to pass $4 billion at the global box office by the end of the day as three of its films currently rank as the highest grossing worldwide releases of 2016. Beginning with the weekend #1, X-Men: Apocalypse brought in an estimated $65 million three-day and is looking at anything from $77-80 million for the four-day holiday. The result is pretty much what the studio was anticipating heading into the weekend, but still has to be looked at as something of a disappointment. »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
The latest X-Men adventure easily topped the weekend, earning an estimated $65 million. It is on pace to pull in over $76 million over the four-day spell. That’s a solid start, but a significant drop off from the $110.5 million that the previous mutant team-up, “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” racked up over the 2014 Memorial Day holiday.
Fox domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson said he was “exceptionally pleased” with the results, and predicted that the film’s A-minus CinemaScore would set it up for repeat business.
“It’s a challenging marketplace, to be sure, but the domestic opening coupled with the international rollout puts us in terrific shape,” he said.
Overseas, “X-Men: Apocalypse” has made $185.8 million, which will bring its »
- Brent Lang
Directed by James Bobin.
Starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Rhys Ifans, Matt Lucas, Richard Armitage, Andrew Scott, Lindsay Duncan, and Sacha Baron Cohen.
Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.
In an age where Hollywood cannot go more than two years tops without cashing in on a sequel to a smashing box office success, it is absolutely flabbergasting from a business perspective that Alice Through the Looking Glass is just now being released a little over six years after Tim Burton rebooted the iconic characters and story with Alice in Wonderland. That movie made over $1 billion too, begging the question, why was there no immediate follow-up?
Well, after having watched Alice Through the Looking Glass, it seems safe to assume »
- Robert Kojder
“X-Men: Apocalypse” is showing superhero power at the U.S. box office with a formidable $80 million over the four day of the Memorial Day holiday — doubling “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” Saturday estimates showed.
U.S. audiences responded enthusiastically to Fox’s latest iteration of its sturdy “X-Men” franchise, which is performing in line with recent expectations. In a rare battle of tentpole franchise films opening against each other, Friday’s first day for “Apocalypse” generated about $26.4 million at 4,150 locations while Johnny Depp’s “Alice” sequel finished under $10 million at 3,763 sites, projecting to a four-day total of around $40 million that’s well below earlier forecasts.
“X-Men: Apocalypse,” the fourth “X-Men” movie directed by Bryan Singer, is continuing an impressive legacy on the Memorial Day holiday. Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” opened to $110.6 million two years ago; in 2006, Brett Ratner’s “X-Men: The Last Stand” opened with $122.9 million.
- Dave McNary
Fox’s ninth “X-Men” movie was performing at the top end of expectations of $80 million-plus with an opening day of $30 million, which included $8.2 million in Thursday night previews.
Disney’s “Alice” sequel was coming in well below recent forecasts — which had been as high as $60 million — with a $10 million opening day Friday. That projects to a four-day total of around $40 million.
“X-Men: Apocalypse,” the fourth “X-Men” movie directed by Bryan Singer, was poised to continue the impressive legacy on the Memorial Day holiday. Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” opened to $110.6 million two years ago; in 2006, Brett Ratner’s “X-Men: The Last Stand” opened with $122.9 million on its way to a $234.4 million total — both bests for the durable franchise
- Dave McNary
Despite receiving mixed reviews, 2010’s Alice in Wonderland remake went onto to be a huge box office draw, banking over a billion dollars worldwide. You would have thought a sequel wouldn’t have taken six years to come our way, but here we are, with The Muppets director James Bobin taking the reins from Tim Burton, telling an original story involving Lewis Carroll’s beloved characters, one which inexplicably involves time travel, giving us the chance to glimpse the origins of the Mad Hatter, the Red Queen, and the rest of the crazy lot. After years of following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to Underland to find the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) is not himself, adamant his family he thought were dead are still very much alive and growing ever more darker whenever anyone doesn’t believe. Apparently the only way »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Updated: A judge has granted Johnny Depp’s estranged wife Amber Heard a temporary restraining order until another hearing is held, after she accused him of domestic violence, a Los Angeles Superior Court spokesperson told Variety.
The next hearing will take place on June 17.
Heard entered court on Friday morning with a black eye, claiming Johnny Depp physically assaulted her. Heard and her lawyer, Samantha Spector, submitted photos as evidence showing bruises that Heard claims Depp inflicted repeatedly throughout their marriage.
Heard said in a sworn declaration that Depp threw her cellphone at her, hitting her cheek and eye, during a fight on Saturday. She alleges that the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor pulled her hair, hit her repeatedly and grabbed her face.
One of the pictures submitted in court Friday shows Amber with a bruise around her right eye. According to TMZ, Amber said she has video of one of the beatings. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
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