X-Men eclipses Alice in battle of the sequels during US Memorial Day weekend

Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse and Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass squared off over Memorial Day weekend but both blockbuster hopefuls emerged bruised from the clash.
Actor Jennifer Lawrence poses with James MacAvoy at a screening of X-Men Apocalypse at a cinema in London.
Actor Jennifer Lawrence poses with James MacAvoy at a screening of X-Men Apocalypse at a cinema in London.PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Superhero sequel X-Men: Apocalypse debuted as the top movie at North American box-offices this Memorial day weekend with ticket sales of US$65 million (S$89.80 million), industry figures showed on Sunday.

In the United States, the three-day holiday weekend - the unofficial start of summer - is popular with moviegoers, and cinemas generally do a booming business, although box office watchers remarked that ticket sales this year have been uncharacteristically light.

Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass opened in the number two spot, selling US$28.1 million in tickets.

The Angry Birds Movie was third with US$18.7 million.

Another comic book-themed flick, Captain America: Civil War, was fourth with US$15.1 million, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising, grossed US$9.1 million for fifth place.

Rounding out the top 10 were: - The Jungle Book (US$6.9 million) - The Nice Guys (US$6.3 million) - Money Monster (US$4.2 million) - Love and Friendship (US$2.5 million) - Zootopia (US$831,000).