X-Men: Apocalypse has earned $103.3 million on its debut over the five-day weekend, moving The Angry Birds Movie and Captain America: Civil War to the side along the way. The 20th Century Fox superhero blockbuster now tops the box office in 71 markets.The sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past was directed by Bryan Singer and stars Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Olivia Munn, Evan Peters, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sophie Turner, and Rose Byrne. X-Men: Apocalypse is Bryan Singer's fourth X-Men movie as a director and fifth as a writer.
X-Men: Apocalypse has premiered in 64 percent of the international market at this point. The U.K. leads the overseas box office for X-Men: Apocalypse with $10.5 million, followed by Mexico with $8.6 million, Brazil with $8.6 million, Russia with $6.5 million, France with $5.9 million, $4.9 million in the Philippines, and $4.8 million in Australia. The movie opens in South Korea on May 25, North America on May 27, China on June 3, and Japan on August 11.
While X-Men: First Class was set in the 60s and X-Men: Days of Future Past was set in the 70s, X-Men: Apocalypse is set in the 80s. The story centers around the reawakening of Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), the first and most powerful mutant in the X-Men universe. Disillusioned by the new world he wakes up to, Apocalypse assembles a team of powerful mutants he calls his Four Horsemen to purge mankind of its filth and create a new world order with him as its ruler.
Among the Four Horsemen is a rather distraught Magneto (Michael Fassbender), still reeling over the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Meanwhile, Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) is on her own and she must seek the help of Professor X (James McAvoy), who must then lead the X-Men — with members both old and new — to counteract this threat to the world.
With such a strong opening in 64 percent of the global market, it is estimated that X-Men: Apocalypse may earn up to $160 million next weekend as it debuts in more markets, including North America where the Memorial Day weekend proved to be a boon for X-Men: Days of Future Past. The global box office record for the X-Men franchise is $457 million for X-Men: The Last Stand.
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