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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.
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. »
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With a 3-day holiday weekend in its corner, X-Men: Apocalypse will only earn $65 million domestically [$78 million across 4-days]. That's a disappointing figure when compared to Batman v Superman's $166 million and Captain America: Civil War's $179.1 million. This figure is also way down from Days of Future Past's $110.6 million opening weekend gross. But all is not lost. The last two X-flicks attributed the bulk of its worldwide box office total to foreign territories. X-Men: First Class amassed a "41% domestic/59% international" split on its $353.6 million worldwide total. It's follow up, and Bryan Singer's return to the franchise, Days of Future Past had an even larger divide with a "31% domestic/69% international" division of its $747.8 million worldwide haul. If Apocalypse is headed for another "30% domestic/ 70% international" split of its revenue and analysts are predicting a $170 million finish for its domestic run, the worldwide box office haul for Apocalypse would come in at roughly $567 million. »
Currently, X-Men: Apocalypse has a score of 47% on Rotten Tomatoes, and while that site's usefulness is questionable at best, it's clear that reviews for the Bryan Singer helmed release have been mixed. Despite that, the conclusion to the trilogy which began in 2011 with X-Men: First Class looks set to be a box office hit, though perhaps not quite as big as Fox were hoping for ($1 billion isn't going to happen). Third instalments in superhero movie franchises have often struggled (look at Spider-Man 3 and X-Men: The Last Stand), but does it manage to avoid the threequel curse, a la Captain America: Civil War? We've reviewed X-Men: Apocalypse, taken a look at the things which did and didn't work, and even counted down the best Easter Eggs, but now it's time for You to weigh in on the movie. Did you think this was one of the best instalments in the »
'X-Men: Apocalypse' with Oscar Isaac in the supervillainous title role. 'X-Men: Apocalypse' review: Step back for series, but latest 'X-Men' movie 'works well enough' There's a three-way brawl going on in the Marvel universe, but it doesn't involve Spider-Man, Captain America, or Deadpool. Instead, the combatants are the three major movie studios who've divvied up the film rights to Marvel characters in licensing deals, some of which go back decades. In this corner we have Sony, makers of a Spider-Man series that has sunk so low since 2004's Spider-Man 2 that they punted the character back to our second combatant, Marvel Studios. In 2004, after years of seeing the majors compromise their intellectual property by making horrible film adaptations, they decided to finance and produce their own damn movies, in what would develop into an unprecedented winning streak. To this day, just when you think they're finally out of gas, Marvel »
- Mark Keizer
This weekend, the X-Men prequel trilogy will come to a close with X-Men: Apocalypse, which is set in the year 1983. 20th Century Fox is currently developing a number of spinoffs such as The New Mutants and Gambit, and producer Simon Kinberg confirmed earlier this month that the next X-Men movie will be set in the 1990s. Although he wouldn't offer any more details. Since X-Men: Apocalypse features younger versions of several iconic X-Men mutants, some have wondered if we'll ever see the original cast from the first X-Men trilogy back together again. It seems director Bryan Singer actually does want to make this happen.
The prequel trilogy started with X-Men: First Class, which was set in the 1960s, followed by X-Men: Days of Future Past, which was set in the 1970s but featured a plot that altered the entire X-Men timeline, including a new present day where Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) wasn't killed, »
Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Lucas Till, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy, Alexandra Shipp, Lana Condor, Olivia Munn | Written by Simon Kinberg | Directed by Bryan Singer
Bryan Singer returns to the directing chair once again and as the architect for the X-Men universe, his attempt to streamline the franchise has only made it more confusing. It might be an overload of sub-par superhero films recently, minus the latest Captain America film, or it just might be the lack of good X-men films but X-Men: Apocalypse is a boring, bloated mess that is just a grade above Days of Future Past in terms of quality. »
- Jason Brigger
The X-Men saga continues this week with X-men: Apocalypse, the sixth film in the mainline franchise and fourth that director Bryan Singer is at the helm. Continuing the journey where X-men: First Class began and X-men: Days Of Future Past began/ended/projected forward, the latest entry focuses on the "first mutant" known as Apocalypse (as played by Oscar Isaac) who awakens from a long slumber... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
When X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27, it might feel very much like a conclusion to the story that was first introduced in 2011's X-Men: First Class, capping off a trilogy that also featured the hit X-Men: Days of Future Past as its centerpiece. Those who've been following the series since First Class will definitely find certain character and story arcs twisting towards an inevitable (but temporary) conclusion, but those who've been tuning in since 2000's X-Men may find even more. Fandango recently sat down with X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer for a sprawling conversation about Apocalypse, as well as the five other X-Men films that have dazzled audiences for almost two decades. In Singer's mind, Apocalypse doesn't just wrap up a...
- Erik Davis
The Uncanny X-Men – as they were once and sometimes called – have returned to show off their special abilities, remind us that being different is a gift not a curse, and of course, to save the world. However, the newest entry avoids the uncanny description even more by delivering a story that feels too normal or comfortable. Even for X-fans, this is a tedious page turner that’s rarely intriguing enough to make you want to see what happens in the next panel.
This time around the threat is one that feels all too familiar. In the opening prologue, a ritual in an Egyptian temple is performed to transform fresh-faced Oscar Isaac into the big blue baddie that the film is named after. But the transferring of powers or souls (or what have you) doesn’t go according to plan, burying the all-powerful mutant deep within the crumbling tomb and placing him in a coma-like state. »
- Michael Haffner
This screen series based on the colorful Marvel characters has proved to be both durable and flexible: having enjoyed a great run in its initial phase, it spun off two Wolverine vehicles for Hugh Jackman and then rewound the timeline to create a series of prequels, beginning with the excellent X-Men: First Class. Director and co-writer Bryan Singer, who launched X-Men in 2000 has steered this latest installment, X-Men: Apocalypse and delivered another winner. (He’s even planted a not-so-subtle in-joke about the first entry he didn’t direct in the series.) Essentially, the screenplay (credited to series veteran Simon Kinberg,...
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- Leonard Maltin
(Spoiler Alert: Plot details for “X-Men: Apocalypse” are ahead.) Wolverine is easily the most popular character in the mainline “X-Men” movie franchise — so it’s always notable when he doesn’t play a major part in one of the films. After skipping “X-Men: First Class,” aside from a seconds-long cameo, Wolverine popped up again as the main protagonist in “Days of Future Past.” In “Apocalypse,” however, Wolverine is again relegated to a cameo appearance. But this one is pretty substantial for a cameo, and it involves a whole bunch of claw-based violence and death. It also has a lot of long-term plot ramifications for. »
- Phil Owen
Did you know that the X-Men franchise is currently the longest running superhero franchise out there? Well, it is, which might surprise you. Though it didn’t get off the ground as early as the Batman or Superman franchises did, this one, which got going about 16 years ago, has managed to put out more product and sustain with the same creative team longer than any others. It’s to some degree a testament to quality, while also showing off how valuable a product it is. The latest in that assembly line? Why, none other than the sequel X-Men: Apocalypse, of course. Opening on Friday, this new outing for the mutant heroes looks to avoid the comic book movie fatigue that could be setting in this year, before the summer even starts, to boot. How is it? Well, read on to find out… This sequel, now I believe the eighth overall »
- Joey Magidson
Coming on the heels of Saban Films acquiring rights to Walter Hill’s Tomboy, A Revenger's Tale, the company just picked up another film for distribution: writer-director Zack Whedon's feature debut Come And Find Me which stars Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Eye In The Sky) and Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle, X-Men: First Class) and appeared on the 2012 Black List. The thriller, written by Whedon, follows David (Paul) who must track down the whereabouts of his mysterious… »
With X-men: Apocalypse hitting theaters tomorrow, what better way to prep than to have an Exclusive chat with Simon Kinberg, the writer-producer on Star Wars Rebel, X-men: Days Of Future Past, The Fantastic Four and of course X-men: Apocalypse.
Kinberg and I spoke about all things X-men: Apocalypse, and he even clears up some rumors spreading throughout the web. He also speaks about where he sees the X-men franchise going in the future, briefly talks about his involvement in Star Wars, and a whole lot more.
So lets get to it. It's a bit of a long interview but a good one!
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Lrm: I saw the [X-men: Apocalypse] a few days ago and I really like this film because it had a lot of heart. As a writer, »
- Kellvin Chavez
It became apparent very early on that 2016 was going to be the year of superhero movies. While previous years have seen quite a number of superhero movies as well, the 6 big titles scheduled to hit the screen this year pretty much eclipsed anything else up till now.
At this stage four of those six have already been released with Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War and more recently X-Men: Apocalypse all already up on the big screen. If you’re interested in where the sets of these movies were located, you can check out the infographic by Truedor below.
As the first superhero movie to be released in 2016, no one quite knew what to expect from Deadpool. Getting the movie off the ground had been a battle, and it was on a tighter budget than most other superhero movies of its caliber. On top »
When X-Men: First Class ended, Mystique was left on a path which could have easily seen her become the villain we all knew from the original X-Men trilogy. However, Days of Future Past shook things up by making some major changes to the timeline and established the shapeshifter as a hero. So, when X-Men: Apocalypse begins, Raven has become an icon in the eyes of mutants.
That’s a decision which has upset a lot of comic book fans who like seeing Mystique as a villain, but it’s a refreshing direction to take the character in, especially after years of seeing her serve as little more than a henchman of sorts for Magneto. However, based on the new clip from X-Men: Apocalypse in the player above, it’s not a role that the character is finding easy to embrace.
This scene has clearly been lifted from a fairly late point in X-Men: Apocalypse, »
- Josh Wilding
The big-screen adventures of Marvel Comics' famous mutants continue this week in X-Men: Apocalypse, pitting Charles Xavier's team of gifted youngsters against one of their greatest foes from the comics world. Although Apocalypse director Bryan Singer has described the film as the concluding chapter in a trilogy that began with 2011's X-Men: First Class, the upcoming film is actually the ninth installment of the X-Men franchise – a series that has had a fair share of highs and lows over the course of eight earlier films. With the franchise once again moving forward, it seemed like a good opportunity to look back on those earlier movies and put the spotlight on the scene that (arguably) made each movie so memorable. X-Men (2000) - Wolverine's...
- Rick Marshall
This weekend, the beloved X-Men prequel trilogy will come to a close with the release of X-Men: Apocalypse, which is set in the year 1983. Earlier this month, we saw the studio embrace the movies 1980s setting by debuting four retro arcade video games with mutant themes that fans could play on their web browsers. With just a few days left until this superhero adventure hits theaters, the studio has released a new preview, which goes retro once again, featuring none other than Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous host Robin Leach.
This video, which debuted on the 20th Century Fox YouTube page, features footage from the "next episode" of Fables of the Flush and Fabulous, where Robin Leach presents a sneak peek within Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. We don't actually see Robin Leach himself, but he does provide narration for this video with his unmistakable voice. With just a »
Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Bryan Singer as director.
Bryan Singer studied film at the New York School of Visual Arts and USC School of Cinematic Arts. After graduating, one of his short films caught the eye of a production company who funded low budget films. He then wrote Public Access with childhood friend Christopher McQuarrie, which he then directed as his first feature film in 1993. Two years later, he had his breakthrough with The Usual Suspects, which caught the eyes of critics at the Cannes Film Festival before ultimately becoming profitable in theaters. Next, Singer adapted a Stephen King novel for the screen, directing Apt Pupil (1998). That film received mixed reviews and was not a financial success. Singer was then hired to direct X-Men »
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