X-Men, Alice slump at US box office
FOX'S X-Men: Apocalypse and Disney's Alice Through The Looking Glass squared off over Memorial Day weekend, but both blockbuster hopefuls emerged bruised from this box office clash.
The latest X-Men adventure easily topped the weekend, earning an estimated US$65 million (S$90 million). It is on pace to pull in over US$76 million over the four-day spell.
Still, that is a significant drop off from the US$110.5 million that the previous film, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, racked up over the 2014 Memorial Day holiday.
Things were much bleaker for Alice Through The Looking Glass.
The follow-up to 2010's Alice In Wonderland, which made more than US$1 billion during its run, bombed with US$28.1 million and a projected US$35 million over the four-day period.
That is a disastrous start for a film with an US$170 million production budget.
Alice's opening is bad news for Johnny Depp, whose star has waned in recent years with flops such as Transcendence.
Some analysts believe that the Wonderland sequel could not compete in the crowded summer season.
Sony's The Angry Birds Movie took third place in its second weekend, earning about US$19 million, to bring its domestic haul to roughly US$72 million.