It still doesn’t come out for another few days but there have been some storm clouds gathering around X-Men: Apocalypse already. Not quite awesome word of mouth, a crappy Rotten Tomatoes score and loads and loads of competition at the box office all portend that the subtitle of this latest Marvel adventure is quite figuratively apt.
But look over yonder and you’ll see that international audiences clearly don’t care in the slightest. Variety reports that the movie’s global launch, one week from its stateside release, brought in a massive box office take of over $100 million. In 75 markets on 20,596 screens, the movie raked in a cool $103.3 million. Not too shabby at all.
Variety also says the movie topped the charts in the U.K., Mexico, France, Russia and Brazil. It also served as the biggest opening in history for Fox in the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Colombia. Eat it, Captain America.
And all this is before the movie is even rolled out in China, where it can be expected to add even more big business. That premiere date is set for June 3. Whether U.S audience express the same kind of enthusiasm come this Friday remains to be seen. The only other major release set for the upcoming holiday weekend is Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to 2010’s Tim Burton-creation Alice In Wonderland. Holdovers will include The Angry Birds Movie, Neighbors 2, The Nice Guys and of course, Captain America: Civil War.
That’s a lot for the X-Men to tackle. Judging by the results abroad, they should wind up coming out of it OK.