Here's the scoop from Deadline:
"Opening in 64% of the international marketplace, the latest installment in the X-Men franchise blasted off with $103.3M to best the debut of X-Men: Days Of Future Past in the same suite of 75 markets and at today's exchange rates. That film ultimately grossed $514M overseas and $748M worldwide. North America opens next weekend on XMA with Korea going May 25, China on June 3 and Japan on August 11."
So it still has some major markets to go, including here in the U.S. starting this Friday, May 27.
The same 75 markets X just marked gave "X-Men: Days of Future Past" a $100M opening, so it wasn't too far behind, but it's encouraging to see "Apocalypse" is on track to surpass its predecessor. "Apocalypse" also opened to No. 1 in 71 of those spots, was the biggest X-Men opening in 33 of them, and marked the biggest Fox debut weekend ever in six of them. Not bad at all!
X-Men opens at home opposite "Alice Through the Looking Glass," and neither film has particularly wowed critics. "Apocalypse" currently has a 52 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with "Alice" at 45 percent. Then again, "The Angry Birds Movie" has a 43 percent rating and it just topped the U.S. box office, so certain films are just critic-proof. But the ones that tend to stay in the top 10 for weeks on end -- like "The Jungle Book," "Captain America: Civil War," and "Zootopia" -- are the ones that both critics and audiences love.
Are you planning to see "X-Men: Apocalypse" this weekend?
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Worshiped as a god since the dawn of civilization, the immortal Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) becomes the first and most powerful mutant. Awakening after thousands of years, he recruits the disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and other mutants to create a new world order. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) lead a team of young X-Men to stop their seemingly invincible nemesis from destroying mankind. Read More