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Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and the summer box office season is about to go into overdrive with the release of X-Men: Apocalypse. While Bryan Singer's second prequel to the X-Men legacy is set to tear up the domestic box office, it's already making itself known as a force to be reckoned with overseas. And it's done so to the tune of $100 million in the bank.
The early numbers come from a report at Variety, stating that the sixth film in the X-Men proper canon has opened early to some swell numbers. More specifically, out of the 75 markets that the film opened in over the weekend, 71 of them saw the film dawn with a first place showing. At the head of the pack was the UK, which earned $10.5 mil of the total $100 million haul. With that in mind, let's take a look at some recent competition, as well as past X-Men history, and see just where X-Men: Apocalypse may be heading.
With $256.5 million in overseas grosses in its first weekend of release, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the game to beat when it comes to superhero openings for the year thus far. Though even if we were to focus on Marvel properties alone, Captain America: Civil War and Deadpool would be the benchmarks to beat, with $200.4 million and $132 million respectively representing the franchises at hand. But perhaps the most basic of signposts is the X-Men proper canon is X-Men: Days Of Future Past, as it earned $172 million in its first international weekend. Though openings are merely the beginning to a much longer journey – as the total gross picture looks to be the true picture the folks at 20th Century Fox will want to focus on.
For the sake of time and sanity, we'll focus solely on the total grosses for both Deadpool and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Those two figures alone are daunting enough, considering that X-Men: Apocalypse's series predecessor found itself landing at $747.9 million at the end of its total run. Though Ryan Reynolds' X-Men spin-off is an even more trying bridge to cross, with $763 million granting it the post of the highest grossing X-Men related film ever. Still, with Captain America: Civil War's reign at an end, there's plenty of room for a new blockbuster in town – and X-Men: Apocalypse looks to be the film to take the crown.
X-Men Apocalypse braves the odds and takes on the world this Friday.