Final Box Office: ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ Bombs, Is It Over for Johnny Depp?
The final tally is in for the Memorial Day Weekend, and two things have been made abundantly clear: one, the superhero craze isn’t going anywhere any time soon; and two, not everything Disney touches turns to gold.
X-Men: Apocalypse dominated the Memorial Day Weekend box office, earning $80 million to claim the No. 1 spot in America. That’s the good news. The bad news, unfortunately, is that the enthusiasm for this movie wasn’t as wild as some were predicting, perhaps due to poor advance reviews and word-of-mouth. X-Men: Apocalypse opened with the fourth-lowest three-day total out of all nine X-Men movies, as the initial Friday-to-Sunday gross topped out at around $65 million. With that said, the film should receive a considerable bump from 3D showings, and international audiences should help give this an added push towards profitability. However, it’s clear that Fox was expecting more from the franchise, especially with the mammoth success of X-Men off-shoot Deadpool back in February, and the overall strength of the X-Men franchise.
Still, this was enough to keep ahead of the weekend’s other big newcomer, Alice Through the Looking Glass, which pretty much bombed with an underwhelming $34.2 million gross. Although the film did come in at No. 2, this is likely as high as it’s going to get, with summer movie season kicking into high gear with the release of Ninja Turtles, Finding Dory, Warcraft, Independence Day: Resurgence and more in the coming month. On a budget of $170 million, Alice Through the Looking Glass is going to have to jump through a lot of hoops to reach profitability. In a way, its underwhelming performance could be blamed on the scandal surrounding star Johnny Depp, who’s being accused of domestic abuse by soon-to-be ex-wife Amber Heard. Negative press certainly can contribute to a film’s downfall, and this was a sequel that didn’t exactly have loads of anticipation behind it in the first place. But even without the scandal, Depp’s movies have been on a general downward trend.
In recent years, we’ve seen Depp deliver one high profile bomb after another, with Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger, Transcendence and Mortdecai, just to name a few. The only real success he’s had in the past several years has been in Disney’s Into the Woods, in what basically amounted to a glorified cameo. It really leads one to wonder if the days of Johnny Depp as a major box office draw are over. He has Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales due to open on Memorial Day Weekend 2017, and if that fails, I’m not exactly sure Hollywood is going to trust him with any more tentpole releases. And that’s regardless of how the scandal with Heard turns out.
With that said, not everything at the box office had to center around disappointment. The Angry Birds Movie is soldiering on, coming in at No. 3 with $24.6 million. And speaking of soldiers, Captain America: Civil War inches closer to the $400 million domestic milestone, earning $19.7 million to bring its North American gross to $377.2 million. Rounding out the Top 5 is Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, which saw a relatively lean 47% drop in its second weekend, earning $11.4 million.
But how did the rest of the Top 10 do at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 05/31/2016
1. X-Men: Apocalypse ($80 million)
2. Alice Through the Looking Glass ($34.2 million)
3. The Angry Birds Movie ($24.6 million)
4. Captain America: Civil War ($19.7 million)
5. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising ($11.4 million)
6. The Jungle Book ($9.2 million)
7. The Nice Guys ($8.1 million)
8. Money Monster ($5.6 million)
9. Love & Friendship ($3.1 million)
10. Zootopia ($1.1 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to in the future? Sound off in the comments!
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