Memorial Day weekend is great for a few things, like going to the beach, hitting every barbecue within a 20-mile radius, trying to figure out a way to work ice cream into every meal and spending a few frosty hours basking in AC at the movies. As such, Memorial Day weekend tends to be a big one for flicks, and it's a huge one for X-Men: Apocalypse as it's out-performing every other film that dared to open on Friday.
As expected, Apocalypse—the ninth X-Men installment—is selling out theaters all over the place, and opened to the tune of $30 million, which has it on track to not only meet the projected $80 million mark for its opening weekend but surpass it.
It seems unfair to compare it to Alice Through the Looking Glass, the wacky, wonky follow-up to 2010's Johnny Depp-starring Alice in Wonderland, which is projected to make half of what Apocalypse will at $40 million by the close of Monday night.
Everyone's got Marvel fever this summer between the Avengers and the X-Men, and it's understandable: The comic dynasty is set to roll out tons of new movies in the next few years, though it's now hazy as to whether or not three principle X-Men actors—James McAvoy, who plays Charles Xavier/Professor X, Michael Fassbender, who plays Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto, and Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Raven Darkhölme/Mystique—will return for future films following the students and staff of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.
In the meantime, get out of the pool and go to the movies, because X-Men: Apocalypse is one you should see ASAP.