Magazine article Screen International

'X-Men: Apocalypse' Takes Down 'Captain America: Civil War' to Top UK Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

'X-Men: Apocalypse' Takes Down 'Captain America: Civil War' to Top UK Box Office

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X-Men: Apocalypse has become the first non-Disney number one in more than a month at the UK box office.

Fox's latest instalment sliced its way to a decent non-final $10.6m (£7.35m), including $3m (£2.05m) in previews, from its 598 sites. Its Fri-Sun tally of $7.7m (£5.31m) would have also seen it comfortably top the chart.

In terms of X-Men outings in the UK, that marks the third biggest opening behind Deadpool ($19.9m/£13.73m) and X-Men: Days Of Future Past ($13.3m/£9.14m). Discounting previews, it only ranks as the sixth biggest.

Relatively softcritical response could prevent it from challenging Days Of Future Past's $39.4m (£27.1m) result, but Apocalypse will hope to surpass X2's $30m (£20.66m) to end its run as the third biggest X-Men outing.

Also for Fox, Pathe release Florence Foster Jenkins fell 48% with a $352,000 (£243,217) third weekend for $3.7m (£2.6m) to date.

Secret Cinema's production of 28 Days Later... has now scared up $1.6m (£1.13m) with one week leftin its run.


The Angry Birds Movie remained in second after an excellent drop of only 7% in its second weekend.

Sony's animated adaptation flew to a further $2.9m (£2m) for a ten-day tally of $6.7m (£4.6m). With the majority of its take so far coming over Sat-Sun, its Saturday take was up 1% week-on-week, while Sunday only dropped 5%.

Alice Through The Looking Glass could affect it from this Friday [May 27], but The Angry Birds Movie should prosper over the upcoming school holiday.

Also for Sony, The Silent Storm grossed $5,200 (£3,600) from its 11 sites on its UK debut.


The Jungle Book fell a remarkable 12% on its way to a $2m (£1.4m) sixth weekend as it stayed in third.

As expected Disney's live-action adaptation has now swung past £40m and is up to a stunning $60m (£41.3m), with £45m still likely as long as the arrival of stablemate Alice doesn't hurt it too much.

Also for Disney, Captain America: Civil War fell a better-than-expected 53% with the arrival of X-Men: Apocalypse.

Marvel's latest fought to an extra $1.9m (£1.3m) for $50.1m (£34.5m) after four weeks in play, and will hope to overtake Iron Man 3's $53.8m (£37m) as Marvel's third biggest outing in the coming weeks.

Zootropolis is now Disney Animation's third highest grossing UK release of all time with $33.6m (£23.14m).


Bad Neighbours 2 rounded offthis week's top five with a decent drop of around 30% in its third weekend.

Universal's comedy sequel partied to an extra $1.1m (£766,279) for $7.3m (£5.06m) to date. It could still match the £7m+ results of director Nicholas Stoller's previous efforts, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him To The Greek. …

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