Sequels have had an iron grip on Hollywood for awhile now — but 2016 seems to be the year their dominance dissipates. During the first weekend of June, another major sequel suffered a slightly disappointing opening at the US box office as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows hit theaters.
Let's break down the weekend's full box office for TMNT2, X-Men: Apocalypse, Warcraft and more.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The first movie in the rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series was a surprise smash at the box office two summers ago, but TNMT2 couldn't quite tempt audiences out of the shadows this weekend.
Although marketed more squarely at kids this time, Out of the Shadows took approximately $35m in the US between Friday and Sunday, compared with the impressive $66m the first movie made in its opening weekend. That would suggest a total of $90–100m stateside when Shadows is done, which is not great considering the movie cost a healthy $135m to make.
Internationally the picture looks a little sunnier for the shelled superheroes, taking $34m in 40 markets, just an 8% drop-off from the first movie. It opened in second place in the UK with $5.3m, and in pole position in Russia and Mexico.
Is it a hit? Unless it holds particularly well through June, TNMT2 will probably end up with about $230m globally, not enough to justify the film's big budget. That would make any hope of a potential threequel look shaky for the turtles.
From one band of mutants to another, a strong opening weekend in China fires back X-Men: Apocalypse back to the No. 1 spot at the global box office this weekend.
China loves its superheroes the way superheroes love Chinese food (probably), and the final movie in the new X-Men trilogy took a huge $59m there to become Fox's second-biggest opening ever (after the 3D re-release of Titanic). That's also a bigger figure than Dawn of Justice.
In the US, Apocalypse slid down into second with a three-day figure of around $22m, which is decent but not spectacular. Bryan Singer's final X-Men movie (for the time being) now has $116m in the US plus $286m from international markets for $402m in total.
Is it a hit? It's getting there. Apocalypse needs north of $550m to really be considered a hit, but it should get there happily in the next month or so.
After a strong start last weekend in select European markets, Warcraft continues its hot streak by holding or taking the No. 1 positions in several countries including: Germany (where its $10m total already puts it ahead of Apocalypse), the UK ($5.5m), Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium and many more. It now has a running global total of approximately $70m.
The next major opening is China this week, where pre-sales are so big it looks likely to make over $120m by Sunday, followed by the US this weekend coming. If the Duncan Jones-directed video game movie is as big stateside as it is in China and Europe, Ubisoft might have reason to feel really good about Assassin's Creed, which opens in December.
Is it a hit? Definitely. By this time next week, Warcraft should have between $250–300m in the bank, from a $160m budget. Half a billion is looking promising.
Also This Weekend
Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke saw her romantic comedy Me Before You take third place at the US box office, for a bigger-than-expected $18m, also adding an extra $8m internationally. The film only cost $20m to make, so it's well on its way to being a hit while also proving the Mother of Dragons is a box-office draw.
Alice Through The Looking Glass tanked in its second weekend Stateside, but made $31m internationally for a global total of $176m. That's still a total disaster, and Alice will go down as Disney's first real box office bomb in a fair while.
Competition for Warcraft in the US this weekend will come from Now You See Me 2 and The Conjuring 2, so we'll soon see whether sequelitis is catching.
All box office figures courtesy of Deadline.