Still from "X-Men: Apocalypse"
Credit: 20th Century Fox
Credit: 20th Century Fox

With its Thursday night opening North American box office receipts in, X-Men: Apocalypse is edging out its predecessor  X-Men: Days of Future Past $8.2m to $8.1m in the same timeframe according to Deadline. Showing in a reported 3,565 theaters beginning at 7 p.m. local time Thursday night, X-Men: Apocalypse comes into its opening weekend as the second-lowest reviewed X-Men movie on RottenTomatoes with 47%, after X-Men Origins: Wolverine's 38%.

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2014's Days of Future Past earned $35.5m domestically its first Friday after an $8.1m Thursday opening with an ultimate 4-day holiday weekend toal of $110.6m. X-Men: The Last Stand earned the highest opening weekend gross, with a $45.1m Friday take and a four-day weekend total of $122.9m.

Deadline projects that X-Men: Apocalypse will have a $100m-plus domestic opening weekend, but says that the studio is tempering expectations with an $80m+ outlook. The movie is going head-to-head with Alice Through the Looking Glass, and while Disney hasn't released any box office figures for that movie's Thursday showings, Deadline expects it to place second to Bryan Singer's film with a $55-60m projection.

It's worth mentioning that Captain America: Civil War remains strong in its theater showing three weeks into its run, with a $2.1m domestic take on Thursday.

Original Story: X-Men: Apocalypse has already earned $103.3 million in foreign box office ahead of its May 27 North American release, according to Deadline. Taking exchange rate fluxuations into account, Apocalypse is slightly ahead of X-Men: Days of Future Past in the same markets during this timeframe.

The United Kingdom leads the box office with $10.5m, followed by Mexico ($8.6m), Brazil ($6.6m), Russia ($6.47m) and France ($5.9m).

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