Box Office: ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ Tanks On Memorial Day Weekend
Well, the Disney streak for 2016 had to end at some point. After a string of massive successes with Zootopia, The Jungle Book and Captain America: Civil War, Disney has come up short this weekend with the opening of Alice Through the Looking Glass, which tanked on Memorial Day weekend with a dismal $28.1 million opening so far. By the end of the weekend, the film is projected to reach $35 million. On a weekend that didn’t feature the release of X-Men: Apocalypse, this might have been enough to earn the No. 1 spot, since The Angry Birds Movie took the top spot last week with $39 million. But Alice Through the Looking Glass is projected to land at No. 2 — and it’s not even going to be close, as X-Men Apocalypse has earned a cool $65 million so far.
Whether from lack of enthusiasm about the sequel, or from the headline-grabbing scandal surrounding lead star Johnny Depp, who was accused of domestic abuse this past week by soon-to-be ex-wife Amber Heard, Alice Through the Looking Glass didn’t even come close to the projected opening of over $60 million that the studio had anticipated. In some respects, it was likely a case of inflated expectations, considering Alice In Wonderland earned over $1 billion in 2010.
But the truth of the matter is that, even ignoring Heard’s accusations against him, this latest opening doesn’t do much to help Depp’s diminished reputation in Hollywood, with bombs such as Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger, Transcendence and Mortdecai on his recent resume. If this trend keeps up, it makes prospects look bleak for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which is due to open on Memorial Day Weekend 2017.
Final numbers for the weekend will be released tomorrow, so we’ll get a bit of a better idea just what kind of prospects Alice Through the Looking Glass has going forward.
Did you see Alice Through the Looking Glass this weekend? If so, what did you think? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on the weekend in entertainment, get the details on the new release date for the upcoming Maze Runner: The Death Cure, which has been rescheduled due to the injury suffered by star Dylan O’Brien!